On July 3, 1826, Thomas Jefferson slipped into a coma. He last words were, “is it the fourth?” Jefferson died the next day, July 4, 1826, 50 years after that fateful day in 1776 that made him famous and wrote that hollowed document that changed America and the World.

On that same day in Quincy, MA, John Adams slumped into his reading chair and died. His last words are quoted as “Thomas Jefferson Survives.”

50 years before this, the two men combined their talents and formed a friendship that helped bring about the American Revolution and our independence. That bond was solidified in 1785, when Jefferson and Adams were both presented to King George III, and George turned his back to them. Neither man forgot the incident, nor did they forget who was standing by their side.

Their friendship went through harsh times during the party wars of post-Washington politics. (I refer to the person, not the place here.)

Jefferson’s epitaph read:
HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON
AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

There as no mention of his presidency, a time in his life he most hated.

Adams was the longest living person to hold both the highest offices in the land. He was 90 when he died. And until Ronald Regan broken his record in 1981, he was the oldest president to be elected.

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