TIL Lifelong Friends John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Both Passed on July 4th, 1826, 50 Years After America Declared Independence.

Read more: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/adams-interview-historians/

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  1. Adams’ last words were “Jefferson still survives”, not knowing Jefferson had died only hours before. Fitting since, as others mentioned, they were rivals for much of their lives

  2. Hardly lifelong friends. Political archenemies most of their careers. Became closer later in life when Adams wrote to Jefferson in an effort to ‘explain himself’. These letters clarify much of the politics of the early years of the United States.

    Their subsequent deaths, both on July 4, 1826, is often cited as ‘proof’ of the exceptionalism of the American political experiment.

    The jury is still out on that one …

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