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Who Died on the 4th of July?

John Adams (30 October 1735 – 4 July 1826)

John Adams

John Adams was born in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts on October 30, 1735. He died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams was a key figure in the early years of the United States as a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Vice President under George Washington and then 2nd President. He narrowly lost the 1800 Presidential election to his Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.

As a note, the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe, also died on July 4th in 1831.

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Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 – 4 July 1826)

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia. He died on July 4, 1826 in Monticello, Virginia, just hours before John Adams. Not much of a public speaker, Thomas Jefferson was considered a "silent member" of Congress, but made his point with the pen. At the age of 33, he drafted the Declaration of Independence and would later add his signature to history on that very document. As the 3rd President of the United States he served two terms and oversaw budget cuts, eliminated whiskey tax, and reduced the national debt by a third.

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