While Americans celebrate the Fourth of July as their country’s revolution and declaration of independence from Great Britain, three presidents have also died on that patriotic date.
All of them were also Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe.
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While Monroe passed away on July 4, 1831, it has always been Jefferson and Adams’ deaths that have held such intrigue.
Both men not only died on the Fourth of July – they died on the same July 4.
That’s right, these giants of America’s founding and history died on the same day – their country’s birthday – mere hours apart.
Jefferson and Adams, the second and third presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826.
If you do that math, they died on America’s 50th year of independence.
History.com noted, “On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were, ‘Thomas Jefferson still survives.’
“He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 83,” History.com observed.
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Politico outlined in 2016 that “Jefferson had been asked to prepare a speech for July 4, 1826, but ill health prevented him from delivering in person what became his valedictory.”
“In the draft, he would observe: “May [the Declaration of Independence] be to the world, what I believe it to be, the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government,” Politico observed.
“Adams, too, was asked to help celebrate the occasion in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York,” the news outlet said. “Likewise, illness prevented him from traveling.”
“He died at about 5 o’clock in the afternoon on the Fourth,” Politico noted.
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