Thomas Jefferson was known as America’s Renaissance man, the most proficient and capable presidents in the History of America. He had multi-facet roles to offer to his nation and the world during his life. He was a President, Politician, Author, Inventor, Teacher, Lawyer, Architect and Philosopher.
Some of the most interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson are cited below which you may want to know about:
At the young age Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant and excellent student, who was educated at home, and just two years before taking admission into the College he attended the school.
At the age of 29 he got married to Martha Wayles Skelton. She was very lucky for him and Jefferson became wealthier. They had six children, four of them died and two girls were alive and after the span of ten years Martha his wife left the world. He was a devoted father to his daughters. He loved his wife very much and in one of his letters he mentioned, ‘Do not neglect your music. It will be a companion which will sweeten many hours of life to you’. He was a keen musician too.
Jefferson was interested in reading as well as writing books. In 1775 he was elected to the Continental Congress and later wrote about the Declaration of Independence. The most popular book which only mentioned about equality, stating all men are created equal so there should be no difference between them. They should all have equal rights in every respect. He believed in the ideals of the Declaration of Independence which states the importance of rights and freedom. This book became very popular. In this book he had explained why the 13 colonies wanted to be free from the British Rule and also stated the importance of individual rights and freedoms.
Slavery was a contradictory issue in Jefferson’s life. He himself owned 600 slaves over the course of his life and freed a small number of them. After his death the majority of them were sold. In spite of the fact, Jefferson had written a book popularly known as Declaration of Independence.
10 Amazing & Interesting Facts About Thomas Jefferson
He became the Governor of Virginia when Americans were fighting the Revolutionary war. Jefferson then was sent to France as a representative of America, where he came across many poor people for whom he wanted to fight. He wanted freedom for all because he believed in equality.
He was the founder of the countries great Universities.
One of the most outstanding achievements of Jefferson was Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He tried to purchase wide stretches of lands in the West of America which would prove to be important in the expansion of America into the West with which United State has become the largest nation.
He was a friendly person and promoted making friends with the Native American population.
He always avoided wars between the nations. Jefferson looked closely at the French Revolution and realized the mistakes and never wanted America to repeat the same.
Jefferson was interested in technology, science and new innovations and during those days the innovative device he had was a rotating bookstand that could hold five books at a time.
As an archeologist he had preserved bones of mastodon, an animal from 40 million years which looked somewhat like an elephant.
He loved to have good House. Jefferson wanted a beautiful house which took him nearly 40 years to complete it. If the pattern would not meet his choice he would break and remake into a different innovative type. Altogether he had constructed 33 rooms on four floors in that 40 long years time. One can just imagine his kind of house to be a unique one.
One of the significant achievements of his career was when Virginia Lawmakers was eventually passed in the year 1786, a first Amendment to the U.S Constitution, which protects people’s right o worship as per their choice. He became the President in 1796 and continued to be on the chair for the second term too. He implemented the Embargo of 1807 the act which closed U.S. ports to foreign trade which proved him unpopular. Then Jefferson chose not to go for the third term presidential post.
Interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson died at the age of 83 at Monticello on July 4, 1826. He requested that on his tombstone he should be remembered for three things
- Author of Declaration of Independence.
- Passing of the statute of Religious Freedom in Virginia
- Founding the University of Virginia.
Jefferson has been an inspiration and retained interest in the great thinkers and philosophers.