“He always took the right side,” a courtroom observer describing Thomas Jefferson. For Thomas Jefferson was an intelligent man from the time he was a child. Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 on the Shadwell plantation in Virginia. Jefferson’s mother was Jane Jefferson, who was a descendant of royal English and Scottish family. His father on the other hand, Peter Jefferson, was a successful farmer on the Shadwell plantation. The Jefferson’s had a large family consisting of four girls and another boy besides Thomas. Jefferson spent most of his childhood before going to school learning how to perform basic tasks on the farm, outdoor sports, and hunting.
At the age of nine Thomas Jefferson began his schooling, which his mother and father both felt was important. His parents sent Jefferson off to a boarding school with Reverend William Douglas in Northam, Virginia. Although Jefferson was not fond of his teacher he continued with schooling learning manners as well as Greek, Latin, and French. At the age of fourteen while Jefferson was still in schooling his father was stricken with an illness and died
soon after. With the death of his father, Jane Jefferson still found it important to continue in school. In 1760, Jefferson chose to attend College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia to receive a basic education. After spending three years there Jefferson chose to study law under Wythe who was a prominent lawyer.
In the late 1760’s Jefferson chose to practice law in Virginia where he also met his soon to be wife, Martha Wayles Skelton. The couple was married soon after, January 1, 1772. Thomas Jefferson was also elected by legislature to Virginia governor in June of 1779. At the time, the Revolutionary War was taking place which cause Jefferson a lot of havoc. Before ending his two years as governor the British cause Jefferson to flee his home. Besides being a successful lawyer Jefferson became Vice President under John Adams. At fifty three years old he took office and was in charge of presiding over the senate. When George Washington died in December of 1799 the nation felt Thomas Jefferson was the only person “who could fill Washington’s shoes,” (CITE). And so Thomas Jefferson took presidency in 1800 and was the first successful transfer of political parties.
Thomas Jefferson served two terms, both involving domestic and foreign policies which affected the United States in a large way. Over Jefferson’s time in office some of the domestic policies he was involved in included the war between the Federalist and Republicans as well as the Louisiana Purchase.
Most knew with the incoming Republican party Jefferson brought along there was bound to be some turmoil. Although Jefferson himself did not see the Federalists as a threat others had their own opinion. Jefferson was pressured into causing a “war” between the judiciary branch, Republicans and Federalists. Jefferson’s goal was to get more Republican candidates in the judiciary...