In 1797, despite THOMAS JEFFERSON's previous claims that he was through with politics, the Republicans selected him as their candidate to succeed Washington as president. In those days, candidates did not campaign for office openly, so Jefferson did little more than remain at home on the way to finishing a close second to then-Vice President John Adams in the electoral college, which, by the rules of the time, made THOMAS JEFFERSON the NEW VICE PRESIDENT.
Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson:Teach students about an important person in history, Thomas Jefferson! This Thomas Jefferson unit is excellent to use any time of the year. Students will love learning about Thomas Jefferson and participating in these activities and crafts!
Thomas Jefferson composed his own epitaph. Jefferson mentions that he was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statuette of Virginia for Religious Freedom and that he was the father of the University of Virginia. He neglected to mention he had been the President of the United States! He was the first president to be inaugurated in in DC.