Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was a master writer who contributed to the Revolution through his writings and ideas. He was from the Virginia House of Burgess and delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He wrote A Summary View of the Rights of British America in 1774, which opposed the Coercive Acts on the notion that they breached the rights colonial Americans. In addition, he wrote the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms which acted as a reason to fight the British. Lastly, he wrote the ‘Declaration of Independence’. He was a great figure of the Enlightenment capturing various enlightenment and revolutionary ideas and using them in his writings and documents. In 1785, Jefferson was asked by the American Congress to act as minister in France. He also became America’s third president after John Adams in 1800.