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In 1752, he began attending a local school run by a Scottish Presbyterian minister.At age nine, he started studying the natural world as well as three languages: Latin, Greek, and French. He was taught from 1758 to 1760 by Reverend James Maury near Gordonsville, Virginia, where he studied history, science, and the classics while boarding with Maury's family.As President, Jefferson pursued the nation's shipping and trade interests against Barbary pirates and aggressive British trade policies.He also organized the Louisiana Purchase, almost doubling the country's territory.During their ten years of marriage, Martha bore six children: Martha "Patsy" (1772–1836); Jane (1774–1775); a son who lived for only a few weeks in 1777; Mary Wayles "Polly" (1778–1804); Lucy Elizabeth (1780–1781); and another Lucy Elizabeth (1782–1785).
He graduated from the College of William & Mary and briefly practiced law, at times defending slaves seeking their freedom.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.The British burned the Library of Congress that year; he then sold more than 6,000 books to the Library for ,950.The British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts in 1774, and Jefferson wrote a resolution calling for a "Day of Fasting and Prayer" in protest, as well as a boycott of all British goods.His resolution was later expanded into A Summary View of the Rights of British America, in which he argued that people have the right to govern themselves.