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You may know that former United States presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1826.  But did you know the following?:

  • Jefferson was Adams' vice president.  Until the passage of the 12th Amendment in 1804, the runner-up in the presidential elections became the vice president.
  • Jefferson and Adams became enemies during Washington's presidency, and even more so during their own presidencies, but became good friends in their later years.
  • Adams mumbled something about Thomas Jefferson as he died.  Some say he said "Thomas Jefferson still survives" or something like that, but nobody knows for sure.  Sadly Jefferson had actually died a few hours before Adams.
  • Exactly five years after the two died--July 4th, 1831--the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, passed away.
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 5:44 PM all the other stuff | Back to top

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