Chronology of Events Related to Thomas Jefferson
compiled by Donald Burger, Attorney at Law

April 13, 1743: Thomas Jefferson born. His birth date is sometimes gives as April 2, Old Style.

August 17, 1757: Thomas Jefferson's father, Peter Jefferson, dies.

April 25, 1762: Jefferson graduates from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.

February 1, 1770: Jefferson loses his first collection of books and notes in the fire that destroyed his childhood home at Shadwell.

January 1, 1772: Thomas Jefferson marries widower Martha Wayles Skelton.

March 26, 1772: Martha Jefferson made her first soap at Monticello.

September 17, 1772: Jefferson's first child, Martha, is born.

January 21, 1774: Martha Jefferson makes her first pots of butter at Monticello.

March 13, 1774: Martha Jefferson makes her first candles at Monticello.

March 31, 1776: Jefferson's mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, dies.

August 1, 1778: Jefferson's daughter, Maria, born.

May 8, 1782: Jefferson's daughter, Lucy Elizabeth, is born.

September 6, 1782: Jefferson's wife, Martha, dies at age 33.

May 10, 1785: The first printing of Notes on the State of Virginia is completed.

October 12, 1786: Jefferson writes a letter to Maria Cosway which becomes known as his "My Head and My Heart" letter.

1887: Notes on the State of Virginia, is published in London under his name.

April 30, 1789: George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States.

February 14, 1790: Jefferson accepts appointment as Secretary of State.

February 23, 1790: Jefferson's daughter, Martha, marries Thomas Mann Randolph.

November 4, 1796: Jefferson is elected Vice President of the United States.

October 13, 1797: Jefferson's daughter, Maria, marries John Wayles Eppes, at Monticello.

February 17, 1801: When Jefferson and Aaron Burr each receive seventy-three votes in the electoral college, the contest is sent to the House of Representatives. On February 17th, after thirty-six ballots, the tie is broken and Thomas Jefferson is elected President over Aaron Burr.

April 17, 1804: Jefferson's daughter, Maria, dies.

July 4, 1826: Thomas Jefferson dies in his alcove bed at Monticello.

Last revised November 1, 1998

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