Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Goochland (now called Albemarle) County, Virginia.
Was educated at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He later studied law privately.
Thomas Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton. She died in 1782 after giving birth to her sixth child.
While a delegate to the Continental Congress, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence (it was amended by Benjamin Franklin and other committee members).
Entered the Virginia House of Delegates, where he fought for the separation of church and state.
Jefferson became the Governor of Virginia, but abdicated his second term in 1781 after the British (led by the turncoat Benedict Arnold) invaded Virginia.
Jefferson elected Vice-President of the USA (John Adams was the President and his opponent in the election).
Jefferson elected President of the USA.
Founded the University of Virginia.
Jefferson died at Monticello (his home he built) on July 4, 1826.