What we know Jefferson best for is his infamous phrase in the Declaration of
Independence: "The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Without this we'd
Never be in America speaking English, Spanish, Indian, and all other diverse languages.
Like any one of us, Thomas was a living person, growing and changing.
It was Virginia that Jefferson grew up in. Virginia was the largest American
colony in size by the time he was born in April of 1743. Thomas was the 3rd born in his
family. He had two older sisters. His father Peter had great strength. Everyone
remembered the time Peter had taken two hogs head of tobacco weighing 1,000lbs each
and lifted them from their sides to stand them upright.
There were no early portraits of Jefferson, but what some have said was that, he
was tall for his age, skinny, and awkward in movement, hazel-blue eyes and freckled
(The Revolutionary Aristocrat pg.13)
Jefferson was a politician and a statesman. He was one of the most talented architects of
his time, designing the Virginia State capitol, the University of Virginia, and his own
home the Monticello. He loved music and played the violin.
On June11, 1776 the Continental Congress appointed a committee to draw up a
formal declaration of independence to be sent to King George. Jefferson was one of five
men appointed. When the time came for someone to write the declaration. Jefferson told
Adams that he would be perfect for that position.
" I will not," Adams said.
" You should do it," Jefferson said.
"Oh no," Adams shook his head.
"Why will you not" Jefferson persisted.
" I have my reasons," said Adams
Jefferson looked at Adams and said," What are your reasons?"
Adams answered: First, " You are a Virginian and a