JEFFERSON'S ACTIVITIES DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
> I hope this is the proper way to ask you a question about Thomas Jefferson. > During the recent swirl of presidential campaign coverage in the media, I > began wondering what Thomas Jefferson was doing during the Revolutionary > War. > Did he serve his state or soon-to-be-country in some way? If not, why and > was it considered a liability during his presidential campaign? From 1776 to 1779, Jefferson was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. From 1779 to 1781, he was governor of Virginia at a time when the state was invaded by the British. His wife died in 1782, and that same year he was appointed a commissioner to negotiate peace, but the mission was suspended. From 1783 to 1784, he served as Virginia delegate in Congress. From 1785 to 1789, he was minister to France. Jefferson faithfully served his country in many capacities during his lifetime, and often to his great financial detriment, since his service usually prevented him from properly managing his plantation.
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