Daily Jefferson: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died on July 4, 1826; Happy Independence Day!

This post is reprinted from last year on Independence Day. Seems like a fitting way to end the Daily Jefferson series. Happy Independence Day!In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each other. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams w … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson’s Next to Last Words on July 3, 1826 – Is it the Fourth?

On July 3, 1826, Thomas Jefferson was near death. According to the Monticello website, three men were with him at various times during those last hours: "Robley Dunglison, the attending physician; Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Jefferson's grandson; and Nicholas Trist, the husband of Jefferson's granddaughter,Virginia Randolph." According to all three men, Jefferson's next to last words related to July 4th. He wondered if he had made it to Independence Day. According to the Monticello article, Ra … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: Why July 2 Could Have Been Independence Day

Thomas Jefferson wanted the fact that he authored the Declaration of Independence on his tombstone. Even though his work was edited, he is credited with the authorship. The favorable vote for independence was conducted by Congress on July 2, 1776. According to the National Archives website: Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 –July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams, in his writings, even noted that July 2 would be remembered in the … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: June 27, 1813 Letter to John Adams

Jefferson wrote to Adams on June 27, 1813: the summum bonum with me is now truly Epicurean, ease of body and tranquility of mind; and to these I wish to consign my remaining days. He did a lot of Epicurean pursuits in his older age, but he did not completely retire from public life. He had a major hand in directing the development of the University of Virginia toward the end of his life. … [Read more...]

Thomas Jefferson Every Day Until July 4

For fun, and to promote Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, I am going to post a quote or event from Thomas Jefferson's life each day until July 4, the day Jefferson died in 1826.To kick this off today, June 15, I have taken a brief section of a letter from Jefferson to John Adams written on June 15, 1813: One of the questions you know on which our parties took different sides, was on the improvability of the human mind, in science, in ethics, in … [Read more...]

Anniversary of the Deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826; Happy Independence Day!

In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each other. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were friends who together served on the committee that constructed the Declaration of Independence, but later became political rivals during the … [Read more...]

William Penn founded the Quakers and other tall tales from David Barton

As the Gipper used to say, "there you go again..."David Barton spoke at Liberty University on September 9 and said that William Penn founded the Quakers, the early Unitarians were an evangelical denomination and Thomas Jefferson signed presidential documents "In the Year of Our Lord Christ." That was just for starters.At about two minutes into his speech (click the link and look for Barton on Sept. 9; you can also hear it at iTunes here), Barton saidWe have the same thing when you look … [Read more...]

John Adams to Rick Perry: Don't meddle in religion

This morning, Religion Dispatches published my article with advice for Rick Perry from our second President, John Adams.  David Barton is right about one thing: John Adams was a religious person. Adams twice called for national days of prayer and fasting during his presidency and attended many churches of different views. Although Adams had no patience for Calvinists or Catholics, Adams had immense respect for Jesus as an enlightened teacher.  Knowing this, Benjamin Rush lamented to Adams … [Read more...]


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