Where Did Thomas Jefferson Write The Declaration of Independence?
It is a little strange to believe but do you know what, Thomas Jefferson wrote the historical Declaration of Independence in a rented room in Philadelphia.
His room was located nearby State House, southwest corner of the market, Seventh Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state.
The owner of the house was Jacob Graff, who was then a well-known bricklayer.
This was a three-story brick house.
As per history, we found that Jefferson rented the entire second floor for him and his associate staff members.
[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? On June 11th, 1776, The Second Continental Congress Appointed A Committee of Five Delegates To Write The Declaration of Independence. Earlier, The Committee And Jefferson Particularly Thought That John Adams Should Write The Document Because He Was A Senior Member And He Had A Wide-Ranging Knowledge Over Different Topics. However, Instead of Doing That John Adams Persuaded The Committee That They Should Choose Jefferson For Doing The Job Instead of Him]
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Was Jefferson Nervous About Writing The Declaration?
Yes, in the starting when Congress chose him for writing the document, he felt a little nervous.
After all, it was associated with the destiny of the 13 colonies.
On the other hand, at the time, he desired to go to Virginia to help to write the state’s constitution.
Even, he thought that John Adams should write the document because Adams was an experienced and mature man.
But Adams persuaded and calmed him down with some drinks.
[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? In The First Draft of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson Asserted British King George III For Encouraging Slavery In The 13 Colonies of North America; Even He Called It Inhumable Crime. Although, The Continental Congress Removed It From The Final Document To Appease The Southern States (South Carolina, Georgia, Etc). Because Compared To The North, The Southern States Had High Dependency On Slavery. Congress Afraid That The Issue of Slavery Could Weaken The Revolution And They Didn’t Want To Take This Risk At Any Cost]
In How Many Days He Wrote The Document?
Due to Congress’s busy schedule, he was given only 17 days to complete the whole document.
After completing the job, he then discussed with other of his associates (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert R Livingston) and made some changes to it.
On June 28th, 1776 they submitted a copy of the Declaration to the Congress.
Finally, after some more amendations, on June 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress ratified the document and declared the 13 colonies’ independence from Great Britain.
The ratification gave birth to a new nation in the history of the world, the United States of America.
[Interesting Fact: Did You Know? The Committee of Five And The Second Continental Congress Made 86 Changes In The Rough Draft of The Declaration Submitted By Thomas Jefferson. However, Jefferson Was Not Happy With Congress And Committee For Making So Many Extensive Revisions]