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America has so many great influences such as Thomas Jefferson . He was our 3rd president of the United States and he has done many great things for our country like ; advocating free public education and he served in two continental congresses and was Minister of France . Thomas Jefferson changed the United States as a founding father and a president .Thomas Jefferson was chosen to draft the declaration of independence, in the year of 1776.Drafting The Declaration Committee of Five discuss Jefferson’s draft Adams, who came in second to draft the Declaration, presented Jefferson with reasons why the delegate from Monticello should draft the document: “Reason first—You are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. All told, in writing the document, Jefferson — together with his colleagues — made forty-seven alterations in the text, presenting it to Congress 17 days after the Committee had been named. Thomas Jefferson was one of the five chosen in the continental congress in Virginia. He also helped become one of the founding fathers of America.In the year of 1743 is when he became a founding father for the United States by signing the declaration of independence. (Constitution day) Jefferson advocated for public schools by, writing a bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge, outlined a plan for Virginia public schools. Also he defeated a bill in state legislature, lastly he was able to lay the groundwork for free public education. The purpose of this bill was to lay off every county into small districts. (Libertarianism) By proposing a bill in Virginia that would have established free schools every five to six square miles, Jefferson sought to teach “all children of the state reading, writing, and common arithmetic.” With these skills, a child would become a citizen able to “calculate for himself,” “express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts,” and “improve, by reading, his morals and faculties.” Jefferson viewed this basic education as instrumental to securing “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” for Americans because it helps an individual “understand his duties” and “know his rights.” Once taught reading and history, people can follow the news and judge the best way to vote. By providing equal access to primary schools, Jefferson hoped to teach children “to work out their own greatest happiness, by showing them that it does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed them, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” While Jefferson supported the idea of public education, he would not have placed schools under government supervision.Thomas Jefferson become president by serving in two continental congresses. While serving continental congress he was 33 years old,, minister to france, being secretary of state under Washington and as John Adams vice president. Lastly processed impressive political credentials. Thomas Jefferson tied against Aaron Burr, Jefferson also possessed in impressive political credentials (History.state.gov)

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