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Thomas Jefferson born into Virginia Plantocracy
Jefferson's earliest memory was of riding on horseback 'secure in the arms of a trusted slave' at what age?
Jefferson inherited how many slaves age 15 following the death of his father?
Enrolled in which college age 17?
William and Mary
Jefferson studied law and passed the bar in what year?
Became a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses
Jefferson married Martha
How many slaves did Jefferson inherit after the death of Martha's father in 1773? (along with enormous debts and lots of land)
Wrote declaration of Independence at second Continental Congress. Initially refused but John Adams implored him to do so, saying that Jefferson was 10 times the writer he was and crucially was from Virginia.
Who did Jefferson think should write the Declaration of Independence?
Returned to Virgina after Second Continental Congress
Elected governor of Virginia and refused to organise defence of the state as he did not believe in standing armies
Wife Martha dies
Jefferson forced to flee his home due to approach of British troops
Wrote Notes on the State of Virginia, intended only for an audience of elite French philosophers
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