Getting to Know People Profile


Your Name:Angela R

Who was the person you read about? Thomas Jefferson



  • What was their early life like?
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Jefferson was born in Virginia, the third of ten siblings! He liked to read, play violin, and study for school. He took Greek and Latin when he was only 9. Later on, he began to study English, math, and literature, and was a good student.

  • What was their professional life like (what did they do for a living) before the creation of the Constitution?
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Jefferson studied law, and afterwards became a lawyer. He was a strong Patriot and supported independence, so he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. Also, since he was a good writer and not a good speaker, Jefferson wrote many papers for the house and later on, the Continental Army. He also drafted the Declaration of Independence.

  • What was their family life like?
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Jefferson's father was a farmer and surveyor, and his mom was a member of the Randolph clan (descended from English and Scottish royalty). He had 9 brothers and sisters, and he was the third oldest. Later on, he married Martha Wayles Skelton. They had six kids, but only 2 lived to adulthood. Martha, the oldest, and Mary, their fourth.

  • What are two things that you learned about this person that made you like them more?
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  • Jefferson wrote some of the most important papers in U.S. history, including the Declaration of Independence.
  • Even though he was reluctant to run for president, he came within three votes and became vice president instead.

  • What are two things that you learned about this person that made you like them less?
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  • When Jefferson was governor of Virginia, he couldn't make up his mind on many arguments, and didn't try to solve them.
  • To try to keep the nation from getting involved with Napoleon's wars, Jefferson banned American shipping/trade.

  • References:
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http://www.biography.com/people/thomas-jefferson-9353715#drafting-the-declaration-of-independence
https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/thomasjefferson