Constitutional Convention

Lawyer, politician, writer, militia officer, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1732—1808.
 
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Philadelphia printer, writer, scientist, inventor, signer of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat to France; 1706—90.
 
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence, vice president under Madison; 1744—1814.
 
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Washington’s aide-de-camp, lawyer, contributor to the Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury; 1755/1757—1804.
 
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Lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, CT governor; 1731—96.
 
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Constitutionalist, congressman, Secretary of State, fourth President; 1751—1836.
 
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Politician, author, political philosopher, Anti-Federalist; 1725—92.
 
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Merchant, financier; helped draft then stylized the Constitution; 1752—1816.
 
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Soldier, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, congressman, South Carolina governor, senator; 1757—1824.
 
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Lawyer, soldier, delegate to the Constitutional Convention; 1746—1825.
 
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Jefferson biographers express astonishment that the apprenticeship with Wythe lasted five full years, 1762 - 67, at a time when almost no one studied law for more than two. Patrick Henry studied not more than six weeks, or so at least he told Jefferson, and Wythe for one was so convinced of the inadequacy of Henry’s training he refused to sign his license. Jefferson’s years under Wythe, years of virtually uninterrupted reading, not only in the law but also in ancient classics, English literature, and general political philosophy, were not so much an apprenticeship for law as an apprenticeship for greatness.

Fawn M. Brodie
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974)