The most influential person in American history would be Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, became thefirst republican president,
and began the self improvement thought process by learning through going to school.
Jefferson told people that knowledge was the way to becoming a better person, and that
all Americans need to improve on what they think, not by changing day by day
themselves, but overall becoming a better person through their thoughts.He believed
that if a person thought on his own, and learned that they would become an improved
person and be more happy overall, weather at home or at work.Jefferson was big on
reform and that was the biggest change in his presidency over Washington's.
Washington set rules and regulations, Jefferson improved on them and made everything
Jefferson was a very important person in U.S. history.Hisfirst major
contribution to our creation was that he developed and wrote the Declaration of
Independence.He was very smart and creative, he said when he wrote the declaration " I
turned neither book nor pamphlet preparing the paper " ( Morris 102 ).That shows how
creative he was by drawing up such a magnificent piece of writing under difficult
circumstances, after all he was writing a complete divorce paper from Britain to create a
new nation all on his own, with just John Adams revising it.Twenty five years after
writing the Declaration of Independence to create the U.S., Jefferson lead that nation as
its president.He was thefirst republican president that was going to change the nation
radically.He set out to make improvements on individuals by teaching them how to
make themselves better.His motives were to self improve all Americans so they could
feel better about who they were.He was well liked and re-elected in 1804 for a second