Was a Member of Congress at the Declaration of American Independence; was sent [as] Ambassador to the Court of France in the Year 1789; appointed Secretary of State in 1789; resigned and retired to private life in 1794; wrote the much admired "Notes on Virginia." [P. 16.]
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