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1826: Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Died only a Few Hours Apart

1826: Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Died only a Few Hours Apart
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  • Historical event:
  • 4 July 1826
  • The deaths of two presidents - the second and third in a row in the history of the United States - Jefferson and Adams - occurred on that same Independence Day, exactly on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

On this day in 1826, exactly on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, two American presidents died almost simultaneously – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

It is interesting that the president in office at the time was the son of President John Adams, named John Quincy Adams.

 Thus, the deaths of two presidents (second and third in a row in the history of the United States) occurred on that same Independence Day.

Jefferson died at his famous estate Monticello in the American state of Virginia, and Adams in his home in the town of Quincy not far from Boston (the town was named after Colonel John Quincy, who was the grandfather of the wife of President John Adams, and after whom President John Quincy Adams got his middle name).

 All in all, Jefferson died in the American South and Adams in the North. Interestingly, exactly five years later, in 1831, another American President – James Monroe – died exactly on this day (he was the 5th U.S. president).

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