Autumn 1775 - ∙ Virginia Convention accepts constitution...

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Autumn 1775 ∙Loyalist raids on Virginia organized by Earl of Dunmore begin  January 20, 1776 ∙Thomas Paine publishes  Common Sense March 31, 1776 ∙Mother Jane Randolph Jefferson dies at age fifty-seven  May 14, 1776 ∙Returns to Philadelphia after five-month absence  May 15, 1776 ∙Congress resolves to form its own government  May 27, 1776 ∙Jefferson begins drafting a constitution for the state of Virginia  June 7, 1776 ∙Richard Henry Lee introduces resolution to declare independence and  form a confederation with foreign alliances  June 11, 1776 ∙Jefferson appointed to committee to prepare Declaration of  Independence  June 20, 1776 ∙Jefferson appointed to another year's term in Congress  June 28, 1776 ∙Declaration of Independence presented to Congress 
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Unformatted text preview: June 29, 1776 ∙ Virginia Convention accepts constitution and forms first state government July 2, 1776 ∙Congress approves resolution to declare independence July 4, 1776∙Congress accepts Declaration of Independence September 2, 1776 ∙Jefferson resigns from Congress due to wife's illness September 30, 1776 ∙Appointed to negotiate diplomatic treaties with France but declines due to wife's illness November 5, 1776 ∙Appointed to revise Virginia's existing laws in committee May 20, 1776 ∙Leaves Virginia Assembly due to wife's illness May 28, 1776 ∙Eldest son born unnamed and dies two weeks later October 30, 1776 ∙Returns to Virginia Assembly August 1, 1778 ∙Third daughter Maria Jefferson born...
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