Thomas Jefferson timeline

Events

Thomas Jefferson's birth

April 13, 1743

Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Goochland (now called Albemarle) County, Virginia.

Jefferson's Education

1760 - 1762

Was educated at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He later studied law privately.

Jefferson's marriage

1772

Thomas Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton. She died in 1782 after giving birth to her sixth child.

Jefferson drafting the Declaration

1775

While a delegate to the Continental Congress, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence (it was amended by Benjamin Franklin and other committee members).

Entering the Virginia House of Delegates

1776

Entered the Virginia House of Delegates, where he fought for the separation of church and state.

Jefferson becoming Governor

1779

Jefferson became the Governor of Virginia, but abdicated his second term in 1781 after the British (led by the turncoat Benedict Arnold) invaded Virginia.

Becoming Vice-President

1796

Jefferson elected Vice-President of the USA (John Adams was the President and his opponent in the election).

Becoming President

1800

Jefferson elected President of the USA.

University of Virginia

1819

Founded the University of Virginia.

Jeffersons death

1826

Jefferson died at Monticello (his home he built) on July 4, 1826.