Delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress, 3rd President of the United States
DATE OF BIRTH - DEATH
April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826
As a young professional, Jefferson attended William & Mary College, served in local government as a magistrate/county lieutenant, and was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. On the eve of the American Revolution, Jefferson professed that the American colonists were justified in their attempt to separate from Great Britain, and furthermore, that they possessed an exceptional opportunity to rediscover the “laws of nature” if their attempts at separation proved fruitful. Jefferson would go on to serve as a member of the Continental Congress in 1776, and was selected to draft the Declaration of Independence. Later, he served as the first secretary of state under President George Washington, was vice president during the Adams administration, and was elected to the presidency in 1800, serving two consecutive terms.