Two Deaths on Independence Day

On the 4th of July , 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and adopted by the Continental Congress. Famous among the signees were John Hancock, whose signature was the largest; Benjamin Franklin, 70 years old at that time; and two future presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson became a scientist, an astronomer, a musician, a philosopher and a president in his life-time. But symbolically, his most lasting act was that of a speech writer. He drafted the Declaration of Independence based on the ideas of English philosopher John Locke, and Thomas Paine’s pamphlet ‘Common Sense’.

The two future presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were close friends in youth, and passionate rivals as they grew older and their opinions diverged. They reconciled in late life and maintained a famous correspondence.

Adams and Jefferson passed away on the same day, the 4th of July, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Adam’s last words were “Jefferson lives.” Little did he know Jefferson had preceded him to death’s door by a mere few hours.

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2 thoughts on “Two Deaths on Independence Day

  1. NO! “Jefferson lives” was a warning! He was trying to tell people not to bury the man because he had only been bitten by a rare spider that causes temporary complete paralysis and the appearance of death. Jefferson was buried alive and will one day return from the grave to exact vengeance on the unsuspecting descendants of those responsible for his untimely internment.

    Beware!

  2. Well, I guess I should thank you for the heads up. That’s kind of what our media circuits need I’m thinking, some dead president with a vendetta on a spider-fueled rampage. Bring us around as a nation to focus on what’s really important: Zombies.

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