Thomas Jefferson

Born of modest lesser gentry in the piedmont of Virginia, no one would ever have guessed that this son of a frontier tobacco grower would go down in history as one of the most important and influential men America ever produced. Although he was a shy man who shunned the limelight and never gave public speeches, Jefferson possessed a towering intellect which explored many fields of thought including the sciences, architecture, literature, culture, agriculture, politics, religion, history, and philosophy. The Second Continental Congress turned to the thirty three year old Virginia polymath to write the Declaration of Independence.