The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president’s term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of Thomas Jefferson, beginning with his childhood in Shadwell, Virginia. Information about Jefferson’s education at the College of William and Mary and his early career as a lawyer is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life, as well as his retirement years at Monticello spent founding the University of Virginia are highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Jefferson’s political career as a Virginia legislator, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, the chief author of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, minister to France, the first U.S. secretary of state, and vice president. Finally, students will explore key events from Democratic-Republican president Jefferson’s administration, including the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students’ fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.