He entered politics in 1774 when he was elected to the Committee of Safety in Virginia. These committees were formed to provide local government when the British colonial government was failing in the years before independence was declared.
He represented Virginia at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and kept better records than anyone else of the debates that were conducted in drafting the constitution.
He is often called the Father of the Constitution, and is credited with drafting the first ten amendments, called the Bill of Rights.
He was the 4th President of the United States, serving two terms from m1809-1817.