Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was the third president of the United States and the author of the American Declaration of Independence. The ladies in his life were only a few:
Jane Randolph Jefferson
The first lady in Thomas Jefferson’s life was his mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson. She was born on February 9, 1721 and died on March 31, 1776. She inherited the plantation and house at Shadwell,Virginia after her husband’s death, Peter in 1757. After his death she raised eight children on her own and with the help of the slaves on the plantation. They were in between the ages of 2 and 17 at the time of Thomas Jefferson’s father passing. There is not much information about her but she had a critical role in her children’s schooling, assuring that they received the best education during those times.
Martha Wayles Skelton
Thomas Jefferson married Martha Wayles Skelton on January 1, 1772, who was a widow. They had 6 children together but only two girls survived into adulthood: Martha and Mary. Due to several birth complication Thomas Jefferson’s wife died young leaving behind the two girls in his care.
After Martha died Thomas Jefferson started seeing Sally Hemings. She was a light skinned beautiful slave owned by him and also Martha’s half sister. Although this was more of an American controversy that surfaced during his presidency, historians believe that the couple had six children together. Just like the rest of the family she was buried at the family cemetery at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson died at his home in Monticello, Virginia on July 4, 1826. This day is significant because it was the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams, the second president of the United States died the same day only hours away from Jefferson.