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Should Jefferson be Impeached Thomas Jefferson is widely known for his accomplishments of being the third president of the United States 1801-1809 and author of the Declaration of Independence He was one of the most brilliant individuals in history His interests were boundless and all of his life accomplishments were great and varied He was a philosopher educator naturalist politician scientist architect inventor pioneer in scientific farming musician writer and he was the foremost spokesman for democracy of his day During his presidency though it wasnt all smooth riding for him because he was faced with impeachment threats They were unfounded though because he did not lie under oath or commit treason two elements worthy of direct impeachment Everything that Jefferson did was for the good of the country and its people People disputed the actions Jefferson took during his two terms in the case of the Louisiana Purchase Embargo Act and Tripoli Pirates The Louisiana Territory extended from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains France and Napoleon Bonaparte owned the Louisiana Territory This territory was purchased from Napoleon Bonaparte and France for 15 million it doubled the size of the US At first 2 million was offered by Robert Livingston to Napoleon for a small piece of land near the Mississippi River in order to make a seaport there Since Napoleon didnt reply James Monroe was sent to make offer for 10 million for West Florida and New Orleans A later deal by Livingston though was established for 15 million for the entire Louisiana Territory On April 30th France initialed the agreement to give over Louisiana to the United States and on May 2nd the treaty was finally signed giving the territory over At the time of purchase Jefferson was concerned about the constitutionality of making a land acquisition without adding a covering amendment to the US Constitution The law of the
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