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US presidents that died on July 4th
Posted on 04/07/2018

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Three of the first five U.S. presidents; John Adams (2nd), Thomas Jefferson (3rd) in 1826 and James Monroe (5th) in 1831, all died on July 4th.

The July 4th mystery death

The July 4th mystery death
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What is surprising or rather conspicuous is the death of John Adam and Thomas Jefferson, the last of the living Founding Fathers. They passed away within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the birth of the United States.

If this doesn't surprise you then perhaps the fact that one of them uttered the name of the other on his deathbed surely will!

It was reported that Adams last words were "Thomas Jefferson survives" or "Jefferson survives." In fact, Jefferson (83) passed away five hours before Adams (90). However, Adams had no information of his passing.

Interestingly, if we go back in history, we will see the changing nature of relationship, from friendship to rivalry. According to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, in 1775 while working together to draft the declaration of Independence they became close friends.

However, the relationship between them soured during the presidential election of 1796. It was a victory for Adams, while Jefferson had to suffice with the post of Vice President.

Over time, they buried the hatchet and resumed their friendship. More so, after they retired from politics they started writing to each other on issues ranging from politics to religion, to philosophy to international relations. One of the websites about John Adams states that the two wrote over 350 letters in five decades, which have been put into a single volume.

Their friendship suffered over politics, and the two men stopped writing to each other, though that practice resumed in 1812 when both had retired from politics.

These two had much in common. They were both old, had served as US presidents, drafted the declaration together and died on July 4th 1826. Leaving the world with his last words on Jefferson, John Adams gave another reason for us to remember the legends of American history.

As for James Monroe (73), the fifth President, he has been reported to be ill for some time before taking his last breath on July 4, 1831.

Coincidental occurrence or a natural outcome, whatever it may be, the fact remains they were the founding fathers of US and they died on the day of Independence; embedding their names in history forever.