A thought for the fourth of July:
The father of American independence (John Adams) and the father of the declaration of independence (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the Fourth of July–exactly 50 years after declaring freedom from Great Briton.
John Adams, our second President and the father of American independence, died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration. His last words were “Jefferson lives.”
He was wrong. Thomas Jefferson, our third President and Adams’s longtime political nemesis had died a few hours earlier.
Both made amends with each other through letters later in life. They hated each other in politics but loved each other as creators of the country we inhabit today.
Those letters (and those between Adams and his wife Abigail) form the basis of much of our understanding of life during those very turbulent years.
It’s those who record their stories who seem to have the most influence on the world around them.
Happy Fourth of July.
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