We can learn so much wisdom from studying history and all the great men and women who lived before us. This is a little fun history lesson. If you like math you could try to figure up the odds of this happening. It would be hard to even figure out! Not only is it odd that it was the same day but that it was a VERY meaningful day in both of their lives. It is amazing. OK, read on to figure out what I am talking about…
These two men were both signers of the Declaration of Independence, they were also both Presidents of the United States and they were also both great friends.
Did you know that both of these Presidents and friends died on the exact same day? Not only was it the same day but it was a very special day…
Jefferson died on the Fourth of July, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the same day as John Adams' death.
On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at his home in Quincy. His last words are often quoted as “Thomas Jefferson survives.” Only the words “Thomas Jefferson” were clearly intelligible among his last, however. Adams was unaware that Jefferson, his great political rival — and later friend and correspondent — had died a few hours earlier on that same day.
The fact that both Adams and Jefferson, both of whom had been so instrumental in creating the Declaration of Independence, would die on the fiftieth anniversary of the date of its publication, is one of the greatest coincidences in history.
Education lesson resources from Kamaron Institute for parents and teachers.