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Previously, he was elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801.
Small introduced him to the British Empiricists including John Locke, Francis Bacon, and Isaac Newton.
Jefferson improved his French and Greek and his skill at the violin. He read the law under Professor George Wythe's tutelage to obtain his law license, while working as a law clerk in Wythe's office.
Jefferson's keen interest in religion and philosophy earned him the presidency of the American Philosophical Society.
He shunned organized religion but was influenced by both Christianity and deism.
With Madison, he anonymously wrote the controversial Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798–1799, which sought to embolden states' rights in opposition to the national government by nullifying the Alien and Sedition Acts.
As President, Jefferson pursued the nation's shipping and trade interests against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies.
The Jeffersons returned to Shadwell in 1752, where Peter died in 1757; his estate was divided between his sons Thomas and Randolph.
In 1752, he began attending a local school run by a Scottish Presbyterian minister.
He was a prolific letter writer and corresponded with many prominent and important people throughout his adult life.