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Friday, July 04, 2014
On this day . . .
in 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted in
Philadelphia, John Adams died at home in Braintree. One of the great men
of the Revolutionary generation and the second president of the United
States, Adams was 91 years old. Shortly before he breathed his last,
John Adams whispered, "Thomas Jefferson survives." In fact, 560 miles
away at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson had died only a few hours earlier.
The fact that these two founding fathers died on the same day and that
it was, of all days, the Fourth of July was not viewed as a coincidence.
In his two-hour eulogy at Fanueil Hall, Daniel Webster cited it as
"proof" of how much God cared for the country.
Reported in Mass Moments, from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.