Thomas Jefferson

Early Career

What famous document did Jefferson draft in 1776?

Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He drafted the document in several days. He showed it to John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, who made some minor revisions. Later the Continental Congress examined the wording of the document and made more substantial changes. But, the bulk of the document remained as Jefferson wrote it. Congress approved the Declaration on July 4, though members of Congress signed the copy from the printers in early August.


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