Thomas Jefferson timeline


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


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

Jefferson drafting the Declaration


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


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

Jefferson becoming Governor


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


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

Becoming President


Jefferson elected President of the USA.

University of Virginia


Founded the University of Virginia.

Jeffersons death


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