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What we know Jefferson best for is his infamous phrase in the Declaration of Independence The right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Without this wed Never be in America speaking English Spanish Indian and all other diverse languages Like any one of us Thomas was a living person growing and changing It was Virginia that Jefferson grew up in Virginia was the largest American colony in size by the time he was born in April of 1743 Thomas was the 3rd born in his family He had two older sisters His father Peter had great strength Everyone remembered the time Peter had taken two hogs head of tobacco weighing 1000lbs each and lifted them from their sides to stand them upright There were no early portraits of Jefferson but what some have said was that he was tall for his age skinny and awkward in movement hazel-blue eyes and freckled skin The Revolutionary Aristocrat pg13 Jefferson was a politician and a statesman He was one of the most talented architects of his time designing the Virginia State capitol the University of Virginia and his own home the Monticello He loved music and played the violin The Revolutionary War pg46 On June11 1776 the Continental Congress appointed a committee to draw up a formal declaration of independence to be sent to King George Jefferson was one of five men appointed When the time came for someone to write the declaration Jefferson told Adams that he would be perfect for that position I will not Adams said You should do it Jefferson said Oh no Adams shook his head Why will you not Jefferson persisted I
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