Thomas Jefferson valued education and he preferred the classical training his father prepared him for him over the plantation responsibilities that were left to him.
Thomas Jefferson grew up the oldest son of prosperous father and he entertained famous leaders of the Virginia Society. That period in history was a great time to be a young, wealthy and handsome man in Virginia.
About 1759 when Thomas Jefferson was 17 years old, he and his mother, while visiting Chatsworth, his mother’s cousin Peter Randolph’s house on the James River, persuaded Jefferson to enroll at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. After that he would continue his education in classical studies at the Reverend Murray’s.
Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father, The Third President of the United States of America from 1801–1809, and he served from 1797–1801 as Vice President under John Adams. He was a statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and performed other patriotic and diplomatic services.