Stamp Act of 1765: Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson React

Dateline: 1765, Virginia: Primary source in this post: the complete text. First read the entire act, and then read what Patrick Henry had to say about it. Thomas Jefferson, then only a student, stood in the lobby and heard Patrick Henry debate with the Party of Submission. Read his account from memroy.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ancestry and Royal Lineage

Now Updated. Thomas’s mother Jane Randolph descends from one of the most prominent families in Virginia. Records show her family line is part of the royal gateway ancestors (royal descendants who moved to America). His paternal ancestry goes way back in Virginia history.

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