By Heather Lehr Wagner
A biography of the 3rd president of the us, whose management used to be vital in shaping the country's new govt.
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Hamilton also supported a national bank, one that would oversee the banks of the individual states. Jefferson strongly opposed these economic policies. He was already concerned about creating a national government that might quickly become as oppressive as England had been to its colonies. Hamilton’s taxation plans seemed to justify his concerns. The two also disagreed on the position America should take as war threatened to break out in Europe. In May 1790, news reached America that Spanish naval vessels had taken command of British ships off Vancouver Island.
Virginia’s military lacked vital equipment and supplies, and the commonwealth lacked the money to pay for them. Virginia was also under attack. One month before Jefferson became governor, British forces had attacked at Hampton Roads. Almost 2,000 British soldiers poured into the Portsmouth region, burning towns and destroying tobacco crops and supplies. The Virginia militia was little match for the well-trained British forces. Jefferson struggled to obtain supplies for Virginia’s militia, writing frequently to General George Washington to keep him posted on the results of battles and the progress of the invading force.
The British commander, Lord Cornwallis, was forced to surrender in October 1781. Virginia was saved, but Jefferson was home in Monticello. The stress of his time as governor would soon be followed by personal sorrow. A daughter born to Jefferson and his wife, named Lucy Elizabeth, in November 1780 died on April 15, 1781. In May 1781, Martha gave birth to another daughter named Lucy Elizabeth, but the difficult childbirths proved to be too much for Martha. She was ill for several months, and Jefferson remained by her side, helping care for her and writing in a room close to her sickbed.
Thomas Jefferson by Heather Lehr Wagner