In two years as governor

In two years as governor - Cosway. Further, he played an...

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In two years as governor, Jefferson suffered greatly amidst the push and pull of the  Revolutionary War. He retired to Monticello in 1781 to care for his ailing wife, who died  the following year, leaving two healthy daughters behind. Jefferson grieved profusely,  ensconcing himself in his estate for weeks.  Eventually, Jefferson recovered and re-entered the world of politics. A brief legislative  stint was followed by a five-year tenure as minister to France. Based in Paris, Jefferson  engaged in a series of difficult negotiations, hoping to win diplomatic privileges for the  United States among several major powers. He was largely unsuccessful. To his benefit,  he soaked up the culture of Europe and had a liaison with an English artist named Maria 
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Unformatted text preview: Cosway. Further, he played an incendiary, if minor, role in initiating the French Revolution. Intending only to return for a sabbatical, Jefferson found himself detained in the United States when President George Washington chose him as the first Secretary of State. Jefferson served in this capacity for the duration of Washington s first term, but found himself increasingly at odds with the Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Out of their ideological differences, the first two political parties emerged, with the Federalists supporting a strong national government behind Hamilton and the Democratic-Republicans supporting strong states rights behind Jefferson....
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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