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Thomas Jefferson Timeline
17 Oct 2017
Thomas Jefferson's father, Peter Jefferson, patented 1,000-acre tract which became Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson born at Shadwell.
Peter Jefferson died.
Began study of law with George Wythe.
Came into inheritance at age of 21.
Admitted to practice law before General Court.
Leveling of Monticello mountaintop begun.
Construction has begun at Monticello. Shadwell burned. Moved to South Pavilion at Monticello.
Married Martha Wayles Skelton. Daughter Martha born.
Graveyard at Monticello established with the interment of Jefferson's friend and brother-in-law Dabney Carr.
Retired from legal practice. Inherited 11,000 acres of land and 135 slaves from his father-in-law. Laid off the ground for the kitchen garden. Daughter Jane Randolph born.
Daughter Jane Randolph died.
Mother Jane Randolph Jefferson died.
Unnamed son born and died.
Daughter Mary (Maria) born. Brickwork of first home (Monticello) completed.
Daughter Lucy Elizabeth born. Began Notes on the State of Virginia.
British troops at Monticello. Daughter Lucy Elizabeth died.
Second Lucy Elizabeth born. Wife Martha died. First house substantially completed.
Daughter Lucy Elizabeth died.
Began commercial manufacture of nails on Mulberry Row. Manumitted slave Robert Hemings.
Sally Hemings' daughter, Harriet Hemings, is born.
Remodeling and enlarging of Monticello begun. Manumitted slave James Hemings.
Harriet Hemings died.
Sally Hemings' son, Beverly, is born.
An unnamed girl is born to Sally Hemings.
Dome constructed on Monticello.
Sally Hemings' daughter, Harriet, is born.
Daughter Maria Jefferson Eppes died.
Sally Hemings' son, Madison, is born.
House at Poplar Forest begun.
Oval flower beds near Monticello laid out. Shadwell merchant mill completed
At Monticello, North Pavilion completed and South Pavilion remodeled. Winding walk and flower beds on West Lawn laid out.
Remodeling of Monticello and construction of dependencies largely completed. Vegetable garden platform completed.
Garden Pavilion constructed.
Beverly and Harriet Hemings are allowed to leave Monticello. They pass as whites and disappear from history.
Historic reunion with the Marquis de Lafayette at Monticello.
Died at Monticello, July 4.
Elected to House of Burgesses.
Wrote A Summary View of the Rights of British America.
Elected to Continental Congress.
Drafted Declaration of Independence. Elected to Virginia House of Delegates. Appointed to revise Virginia laws.
Drafted Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, passed by General Assembly in 1786.
Drafted Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.
Elected delegate to Congress.
Published Notes on the State of Virginia.
Louisiana Purchase concluded. Lewis's and Clark's expedition launched.
Lewis and Clark expedition concluded.
Retired from the presidency and public life.
Sold 6,700-volume library to Congress.
Cornerstone of Central College (later University of Virginia) laid.
University of Virginia opened.
Thomas Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary.
Monticello roof recovered with tin shingles.
Served as Governor of Virginia.
In France as Commissioner and Minister.
Served as first United States Secretary of State.
Served as United States Vice President.
Served as president of the American Philosophical Society.
Served as United States President.
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