When the Shadwell estate burned in a fire the following year

When the Shadwell estate burned in a fire the following...

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When the Shadwell estate burned in a fire the following year, Jefferson proceeded in  earnest on the construction of his new homestead, Monticello. On New Years Day, 1772,  Jefferson was married to Martha Wayles Skelton, a young widow and the daughter of a  prominent Virginia landowner. Through this alliance, Jefferson himself would later  become one of the most prominent landowners and slaveholders in all Virginia. 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 
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Unformatted text preview: 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 Virginia in 1779. 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....
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