Several successes in the House of Burgesses led to Jefferson s nomination to the Second Continental

Several successes in the House of Burgesses led to Jefferson s nomination to the Second Continental

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Several successes in the House of Burgesses led to Jefferson s nomination to the  Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia, where he was the second youngest  delegate in attendance. By virtue of timing as much as skill, Jefferson was selected to  draft the Declaration of Independence, the document that formally severed all prior ties  with Britain. At the time, Jefferson's authorship was anonymous, but he later gained  widespread honor and recognition for his role in the Revolution. Returning to Virginia to help draw up the new State Constitution, Jefferson had a  fundamental role in many significant reforms, including the abolishment of primogeniture  and entail and the disestablishment of the Anglican Church. Eventually, Jefferson's  Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom  was also adopted. On the strength of these  and other successes, Jefferson was selected by his peers to become governor of 
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