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“Adams (#2) and Jefferson (#3) are no more.” – Daniel Webster, July 1826

John Adams

Born: October 30, 1735 Death: July 4, 1826

Life Duration:  90 years, 8 months, 4 days or 33,108 days

Died:  at home in Quincy MA

Cause: Congestive heart failure

Last Words: “Thomas Jefferson still survives” (which wasn’t true, Jefferson had died 5 hours earlier).

Thomas Jefferson

Born: April 17, 1743 Death: July 4, 1826

Life Duration: 83 years 2 months 17 days or 30,832 days

Died: Charlottesville, Virginia at home in Monticello (931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

Cause: Fever, also rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract infection, and intestinal issues.

Epitaph on Grave: HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON, AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.

Last Words: “Is it the Fourth?”

Potus #2, John Adams, and Potus #3, Thomas Jefferson, died on the same day – July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the United States.  This was not a coincidence. Both men wanted to live only until this date. Daniel Webster, no relation to Noah Webster who wrote the Webster dictionary but a great man and public servant in his own right,   gave the eulogy for both Jefferson and Adams, saying that Adams and Jefferson are no more.

Quotes from the eulogy for Jefferson and Adams:

“No age will come in which it shall cease to be seen and felt, on either continent, that a mighty step, a great advance, not only in American affairs, but in human affairs, was made on the 4th of July, 1776.”

“We can never, indeed, pay the debt which is upon us; but by virtue, by morality, by religion, by the cultivation of every good principle and every good habit, we may hope to enjoy the blessing, through our day, and to leave it unimpaired to our children.” (the blessing of liberty that was won by the Declaration of Independence because of the work of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson).

A new era started on July 4, 1776:

“This era is distinguished by free representative governments, by entire religious liberty, by improved systems of national intercourse, by a newly awakened and unconquerable spirit of free inquiry, and by a diffusion of knowledge through the community, such as has been before altogether unknown and unheard of America, America, our country, fellow-citizens, our own dear and native land, is inseparably connected, fast bound up, in fortune and by fate, with these great interests.”

and that is why these 2 men died exactly 50 years later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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POTUS #1 – George Washington – “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Heart of his Countrymen”.

2007-s-proof-george-washington-presidential-dollar

Born: February 22, 1732 Died: December 14, 1799

Cause of death: Inflammation of the throat caused by a cold. He had been riding his horse in freezing rain, and he did not remove his cold clothes, but ate dinner in them. This gave him a cold and a sore throat. His doctors also bled him quite a bit, thinking that might help, but it probably made it worse.

Age at death: 67 years. 10 months. 3 days. 24,767 days total.

Location of death: Mount Vernon, VA, at home.

Time of Death: 10 PM Saturday

Last Words: “Tis Well”

Funeral held: December 18, 1799 at home

POTUS stands for President of the United States, and the first president of the United States is George Washington. I am collecting all of the presidential dollars in proof condition, and thought it would be interesting to look up their eulogies.

George Washington died on December 14 of 1799 and Henry Lee gave the funeral oration. Henry Lee was also called Light Horse Harry. He was a major general in the Continental army, a plantation owner, and the father of Robert E Lee and 9 other children (including a speech writer for Andrew Jackson, and Algernon, who died when he was one). This is what he had to say about George Washington, our first president. Henry Lee famously said  “George Washington, first in War, first in Peace, and first in the heart of his countrymen.

 

 

 

 

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