John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 and died on July 4, 1826. John was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the Second President of the United States, from 1797 to 1801. John was the First Vice President of the United States.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were both Founding Father’s of the United States. Both helped draft the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In it was declared the thirteen colonies were to become sovereign states which was the first step in forming the United States of America. Representatives from those colonies came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
The Presidency was handled very differently then than it is today. Each state would cast two votes for president and whomever received most became President and second would be vice President. As you can imagine there’s controversy behind the first election stating that Alexander Hamilton convinced 7 of 69 electors to not vote for Adams. Then of course there was the matter of how George Washington would be addressed. If it was going to be Highness or Protector of the United States and on May 14 they decided on the title of Mr. President. The history of our country and history of voting and politics is really quite involved from where it started.
It is said that John Adam’s last words before dying at 6.20pm were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” but he didn’t know that Thomas had died a couple hours before him. John died at the age of 90 was was longest living President before Ronald Reagan surpassed him.
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 and also died on July 4, 1826. Thomas was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher. In 1772 he married his cousin Martha Wayles Skeleton and they had 6 children together but only two of those children survived more than a few years. Martha passed away at the age of 33 in 1782. Thomas would go on to be one of the Founding Father’s of the United States and served as the Third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Jefferson died on July 4 at 12:50 p.m. at age 83. His last recorded words were “No, doctor, nothing more”
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. Jefferson and Adams both fought for the Independence we have today. It was Jefferson’s famous words, “that all men are created equal” and went on to sign the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807.
While Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner, he differed from others and was considered benevolent owner. He purchased slaves to unite family and provided them with log cabins, food and provisions for living. When Jefferson died he put it in his will to free give Hemings slaves after having freed their mother Harriet Hemings who is believed to be his daughter.