Friday, October 17, 2008

President Jefferson Visits Fayetteville DAR

The third president of the United States made a surprise visit to the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution this week in Fayetteville, Georgia. President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Tom Robinson, took the ladies back in time to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and to the time of his Presidency.

Thomas Jefferson was not known for his public speaking, but was known for his writings. His most prominent document was his draft of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, one of five men who were selected by the Continental Congress in 1776 to draft the document to declare the colonies' independence from England, is considered one of the principal authors of this historic document. The final vote for independence came on July 4, 1776.

Thomas Jefferson first ran for president against John Adams in 1797. Adams won the election and Jefferson became the Vice President. At that early time in our country's history, the candidate who did not win the Presidential election became the 2nd in command.

In 1801, Jefferson successfully won his bid for president and served his country in that role for eight years. Jefferson fulfilled his dream to live to the 50th anniversary of the United States declaration and died on July 4, 1826.

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