What do you know about Thomas Jefferson's early life? How about his later life? Do you know when Thomas died?
When Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13,1743, in a cabin, nobody knew this ordinary boy would become so famous. In his earlier years, he had bad times and good times. Thomas was born to Peter and Jane Jefferson, in Shadwell, Virginia. His father made the first Virginia map. Thomas was the third child in a family of four sisters and one brother. Two of his sisters were named Jane and Martha, and his little brother's name was Randolph. Thomas' father died when he was fourteen years old. In 1762, he graduated from the College of William and Mary. He was a member of the House of Burgesses in 1769-1775.
Thomas had a busy life in 1772-1809. On New Years Day in 1772, Thomas married a twenty-four year old widow, named Martha Wayles Skelton. According to the legend, Jefferson's love of music helped him win his bride. Thomas signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Jefferson and Martha had five daughters, three who died in childhood. He was so sad when Martha died in 1782.
Thomas introduced ice cream in 1802. He founded the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville in 1819, and opened for instruction . Thomas Jefferson was fifty eight when he became president. He was the third president of the United States. He held this position from March 4, 1801 to March 3, 1809. Thomas was a very famous man.
Thomas Jefferson died the same day as John Adams-July 4,1826 (the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence). When he was alive, he was know for being a philosopher, educator, naturalist, politician, scientist, architect, inventor, pioneer in scientific, farmer, musician, and of course, a writer. Thomas Jefferson was a great man, and it is sad that he died.
Thomas's tomb stone said:
"By these," he had written," I wish most to be remembered by."