Not so Jefferson

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Not so Jefferson. A much more nebulous case, he was a major political figure for half-a- century, surviving well into his eighty-third year. An extremely precocious statesman, he  served as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and authored the Declaration  of Independence at the age of thirty-three. From thence, he went on to hold various  important offices, including that of governor of Virginia, ambassador to France,  Secretary of State, Vice President, and finally, President of the United States of  America. Further, Jefferson lived for almost two decades beyond his retirement, serving  as a close adviser to proteges James Madison and James Monroe, who succeeded him  as the fourth and fifth Presidents of the United States, respectively. All public figures, even the saintly Lincoln, are prone to accusations of inconsistency and  hypocrisy, and the longer the tenure the louder the charges. While Jefferson was been 
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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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