Jefferson was mainly of English ancestry, born and educated in colonial Virginia.He graduated from the College of William & Mary and briefly practiced law, with the largest number of his cases concerning land ownership claims.
Jefferson entered the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, at age 16 and studied mathematics, metaphysics, and philosophy under Professor William Small.He persuaded his cousin Richard Bland to spearhead the legislation's passage, but reaction was strongly negative.He invoked the Natural Law to argue, "everyone comes into the world with a right to his own person and using it at his own will ...His only full-length book is Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), considered perhaps the most important American book published before 1800.After retiring from public office, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia.Jefferson later wrote that he "heard more common good sense, more rational & philosophical conversations than in all the rest of my life".During his first year at the college he was given more to parties, dancing and was not very frugal with his expenditures; during his second year, regretting that he had squandered away much time and money, he applied himself to fifteen hours of study a day.As a result of peace negotiations with France, his administration reduced military forces. Jefferson's second term was beset with difficulties at home, including the trial of former Vice President Aaron Burr. In 1803, Jefferson began a controversial process of Indian tribe removal to the newly organized Louisiana Territory, and he signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves in 1807.American foreign trade was diminished when Jefferson implemented the Embargo Act of 1807, responding to British threats to U. Jefferson, while primarily a planter, lawyer and politician, mastered many disciplines, which ranged from surveying and mathematics to horticulture and mechanics. Jefferson's keen interest in religion and philosophy led to his presidency of the American Philosophical Society; he shunned organized religion but was influenced by both Christianity and deism. He was a prolific letter writer and corresponded with many prominent people.Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable.