Thomas Jefferson was not a solider during the Revolutionary War; instead he fought diplomatic battles with his writings. He is one of the founding fathers of the United States because his essays inspired colonists to seek independence from Great Britain.
Jefferson was a strong believer in self-sufficiency and self-reliance. His Virginia farm led him to an existence that encouraged self-governance. When Great Britain began to impose unfair taxes on the colonies after the war with France ended in 1763, Jefferson began writing opinion papers that encouraged the colonists into a new pattern of thinking.
He also became one of the Virginia delegates to the second continental congress and penned the Declaration of Independence. A committee that included Benjamin Franklin and John Adams outlined The Declaration of Independence, however, the document as it stands today includes much of his style and verbiage. He eventually became the Virginia Representative in the House of Delegates and the United States Minister to France.
While in Europe, he was a strong supporter of adding in the Bill of Rights and Presidential term limits to the newly drafted Constitution. After the war was over, he returned to the U.S. to serve as the first Secretary of State under President George Washington.