June 21 - May 27, 1776 Jefferson begins drafting a...

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June 21, 1775 ∙Attends first session of Second Continental Congress  June 26, 1775 ∙Contributes to adopted resolution "An Address on the Causes of Taking  Up Arms"  August 1775 ∙Congress adjourns; Jefferson returns to Virginia to attend convention there  August 23, 1775∙King George III declares colonies to be in open rebellion against Great  Britain  September 1775 ∙Second daughter Jane Randolph Jefferson dies at age three  September 26, 1775∙Appointed commander of Albermarle militia  September 30, 1775 ∙Returns to Philadelphia for re-adjournment of Second Continental  Congress  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 
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Unformatted text preview: 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 June 29, 1776 Virginia Convention accepts constitution and forms first state government July 2, 1776 Congress approves resolution to declare independence July 4, 1776Congress 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...
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