By: Aalyiah Gainey
A little about me
Born April 13, 1743 at Shadwell Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson- author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, the third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia-voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of my era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, I served my country for over five decades.
Three years later I married Martha Wayles Skelton, whom I lived with happily for ten years until her departure. Our marriage proceeded six children, but only two survived to adulthood. I who never remarried, maintained Monticello at my home throughout my life, always expanding and changing the house.
The Election of 1800
In the presidential elections of 1800, Federalists John Adams and Charles C. Pinckney ran against Democratic-Republicans Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Each party believed that the American republics survival depended upon the success of their candidates. With so much at stake, the election was hotly contested.
Unlike today, candidates did not travel around giving speeches. Instead, the candidates supporters made their arguments in letters and newspapaer editorials. Adams supporters claimed that Jefferson was a pro-french radical. Put Jefferson in office, they warned, and the violence and chaos of the French Revolution would surely follow in the United States.