Timeline of Jefferson's Life

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1735   Peter Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's father, patented 1,000-acre tract which became Monticello.
1743   Thomas Jefferson born at Shadwell.
1757   Peter Jefferson died.
1760-62   Thomas Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary.
1762   Began study of law with George Wythe.
1764   Came into inheritance at age of 21.
1767   Admitted to practice law before General Court.
1768 Elected to House of Burgesses. Leveling of Monticello mountaintop begun.
1770   Construction begun at Monticello. Shadwell burned. Moved to South Pavilion at Monticello.
1772   Married Martha Wayles Skelton. Daughter Martha born.
1773   Graveyard at Monticello established with the interment of Jefferson's friend and brother-in-law Dabney Carr.
1774 Wrote A Summary View of the Rights of British America. Retired from legal practice. Inherited 11,000 acres of land and 135 slaves from his father-in-law. Laid off ground for kitchen garden. Daughter Jane Randolph born.
1775 Elected to Continental Congress. Daughter Jane Randolph died.
1776 Drafted Declaration of Independence. Elected to Virginia House of Delegates. Appointed to revise Virginia laws.
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Mother Jane Randolph Jefferson died.
1777 Drafted Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, passed by General Assembly in 1786. Unnamed son born and died.
1778 Drafted Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge. Daughter Mary (Maria) born. Brickwork of first home (Monticello) completed.
1779-81 Served as Governor of Virginia.  
1780   Daughter Lucy Elizabeth born. Began Notes on the State of Virginia.
1781   British troops at Monticello. Daughter Lucy Elizabeth died.
1782   Second Lucy Elizabeth born. Wife Martha died. First house substantially completed.
1783 Elected delegate to Congress.  
1784-89 In France as Commissioner and Minister.  
1784   Daughter Lucy Elizabeth died.
1787 Published Notes on the State of Virginia.  
1790-93 Served as first United States Secretary of State.  
1794   Began commercial manufacture of nails on Mulberry Row. Manumitted slave Robert Hemings.
1796   Remodeling and enlarging of Monticello begun. Manumitted slave James Hemings.
1797-1801 Served as United States Vice President.  
1797-1815 Served as president of the American Philosophical Society.  
1800   Dome constructed on Monticello.
1801-09 Served as United States President.  
1803 Louisiana Purchase concluded. Lewis and Clark expedition launched.  
1804   Daughter Maria Jefferson Eppes died.
1806 Lewis and Clark expedition concluded. House at Poplar Forest begun.
1807   Oval flower beds near Monticello laid out. Shadwell merchant mill completed.
1808   At Monticello, North Pavilion completed and South Pavilion remodeled. Winding walk and flower beds on West Lawn laid out.
1809 Retired from presidency and public life. Remodeling of Monticello and construction of dependencies largely completed. Vegetable garden platform completed.
1812   Garden Pavilion constructed.
1815 Sold 6,700-volume library to Congress.  
1817 Cornerstone of Central College (later University of Virginia) laid.  
1822-25   Monticello roof recovered with tin shingles.
1824   Historic reunion with the Marquis de Lafayette at Monticello.
1825 University of Virginia opened.  
1826   Died at Monticello, July 4.

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Why aren't Sally Hemings and Jefferson's children listed...disappointing. Thay happened to have had numerous children together Thomas Jefferson Hemings(who changed his name to Woodson after Jeffersons cousins in Virginia),Eston Hemings Jefferson,Harriet Hemings, Beverly Hemings, an daughter who died in infancy, and also the first Harriet who died as a toddler. Other than those indescrepencies the Historical accounts were right on point =)

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This succinct timeline gives us a side-by-side view of the goings on in both Jefferson's public life and private life, from his birth in 1743 to his death in 1826. While not overflowing with detail, it is a good, basic timeline of Jefferson's life.

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This timeline is a wonderful resource to see how events in Jefferson's public life parallel those in his private life. When I first saw this, I was struck how during many significant times in Jefferson's public life that he was also dealing with personal troubles. The man endured a great deal of loss, though such loss wasn't uncommon in his time. It adds to my esteem and respect for Jefferson that he was able to contribute so to the founding and formation of our nation while also trying to be the steward of his family, often from afar in the early years, and care for his ailing wife and children.

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An essential overview of Jefferson's life.

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A list of significant dates in Jefferson's life.

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I refer to this page all the time when I can't quite remember when, say, Jefferson started his term as secretary of state (it happens to everybody, right?). I especially like the fact that you can see the public and private events side by side, which helps to put his whole life in perspective. This page is a great tool in any Jefferson researcher's toolbox!

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