Thomas Jefferson is known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He helped the Americans to realize
they needed to separate
from Great Britain (England) and form the new nation
. He was the main author
of the Declaration of Independence. Before becoming
President of the United States in 1800, he was the Vice President under John Adams.
He was born and educated in Virginia. After graduating from college
, he became a lawyer
. He helped to increase
the new United States shipping trade
as President. He also organized
the Louisiana Purchase which gave the United States more land as its own. He served two terms as President and is considered
one of the greatest Presidents of the United States.