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Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence You probably know that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, but how exactly did he go about it? How did he know what to say?
How did his thinking on the matters of independence develop? You came to the right place to find out anything about Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence while he was renting a room in the home of a Philadelphia bricklayer. A replica of the original building, known as the Graff House, stands on the spot in Philadelphia and was built in by the Independence Hall Association.
You can visit this website to find out the visiting hours and directions. The original house was built in by a well known Philadelphia bricklayer named Jacob Graff, Jr.
When Jefferson was asked to write the Declaration, he rented two rooms, a parlor and a bedroom, on the upper floor of this house to get away from the center of the city near the river.
It's only a few blocks away, but it was on the outskirts of the town then next to a large field and a horse stable. He complained about the flies from the stable.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence here in less than three weeks. Jacob Graff, Philadelphia bricklayer Rebuilt: Rebuilt in using old photos of the original. The original house was torn down in The replica is a pretty exact recreation.
They unanimously passed a formal resolution instructing their delegates to the Continental Congress to propose to the other delegates that the united colonies should formally and permanently break away from Great Britain because of the abuses they had suffered from the king.
Read the text of the Virginia resolution proposing independence here. Thomas Jefferson But wait, let's back up a little to to better understand Thomas Jefferson's views about independence.
In April ofnews began to spread about the Battles of Lexington and Concord. British troops had attempted to confiscate American ammunition stores and capture patriot leaders in these towns.
This was a pivotal event that stirred up American anger toward Great Britain.
The Continental Congress had met in September They agreed to meet again the following year if they did not receive a favorable response from the king and if circumstances warranted them meeting again.
The king did not respond to the First Continental Congress' grievances and the events at Lexington and Concord united the Americans in their anger toward the king. In addition, a British army was massing around Boston. All of these events put together encouraged the colonists to schedule a Second Continental Congress.
The Continental Congress selects a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. Thomas Jefferson authored the first draft of the document. FOREWARD. In my career as a professional intelligence-officer, I had many occasions to access highly classified documents, but during service as a political science officer in-the-field, in Angola, West Africa, I had the opportunity to view a series of top-secret classified-documents which were unusually explicit. Jan 15, · In June of , a committee of the Second Continental Congress consisting of John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut (the "Committee of Five") was formed to draft a suitable declaration to Status: Resolved.
The Second Continental Congress held its first meeting in May A Summary View of the Rights of British America Knowing that a Continental Congress would soon be held, Thomas Jefferson drew up, on his own initiative, a set of resolves detailing British abuses, that he intended to give to the delegates from Virginia to the Congress.
He became ill and sent the resolutions with Peyton Randolph to present to the Virginia convention under the title Instructions to the Delegates. The Virginia Convention consisted of the locally elected government officials who had been barred from meeting by the Royal Governor.
They continued meeting anyway and began to form their own government, apart from the royal government for Virginia. A Summary View of the Rights of British America Randolph presented Instructions to the Delegates to the other delegates, who generally agreed with them, but thought they were a little too boldly antagonistic to be formally accepted.
It is certainly one of the documents that Jefferson drew from when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. This is a picture of the actual manuscript Jefferson gave to the Virginia Convention. Copies of A Summary View of the Rights of British America were printed and widely distributed and this was part of the reason that Jefferson was eventually chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.
By the following year, when the Declaration was written, many of the other delegates at the Second Continental Congress had already read it and thought the language and style was so eloquent that they wanted Jefferson to use his writing talent in expressing their own Declaration.
After the Virginia Convention voted for the independence resolution on May 15,Jefferson immediately wrote up three drafts of a constitution for the state that would soon be formed. The Lee Resolution The Lee Resolution Thomas Jefferson was a member of the Virginia Convention that passed the resolution instructing the Virginia delegates to make a motion for independence at the Continental Congress.
He also ended up being elected one of the five Virginia delegates to the Continental Congress. They carried the Virginia Resolution with them to Philadelphia and presented it to the Continental Congress on June 7, Richard Henry Lee actually introduced the resolution before the Congress, so it is has come to be known as the "Lee Resolution.
June 7, "Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, Declaration of Independence.
Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America. Audio mp3 Reading by John F. Kennedy. This page contains a history of the Pennsylvania Elks State Association compiled by the late Ralph Haas of Norwin Lodge # THE PENNSYLVANIA ELKS: PIONEERS IN ELKDOM.
Researched and written by Ralph Haas Norwin Lodge No. , Southwest District Last revisions made by David Pular on October 11, The Charters of Freedom.
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A contemporaneous print representing the committee of five delegates, chaired by Thomas Jefferson, that was appointed to prepare a declaration of independence. They are shown submitting their draft of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress, June 28,