The deaths of two great Americans on the same day similar to CT Vivian and John Lewis did happen at least once before in American History. Amazingly enough, the day was July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after American Independence Day.
The two American statesmen I am referring to are John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third US Presidents respectively.
Last Years And Death
The year 1824 was filled with excitement in America, featuring a four-way presidential contest which included his son John Quincy. The Marquis de Lafayette toured the country and met with Adams, who greatly enjoyed Lafayette’s visit to Peacefield. Adams was delighted by the election of John Quincy to the presidency.
Less than a month before his death, Adams issued a statement about the destiny of the United States, which historian Joy Hakim characterized as a warning for his fellow citizens: “My best wishes, in the joys, and festivities, and the solemn services of that day on which will be completed the fiftieth year from its birth, of the independence of the United States: a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind.”
On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at Peacefield at approximately 6:20 PM. Adams was unaware that Jefferson had died several hours before. At 90, Adams became the longest-lived US president until Ronald Reagan surpassed him in 2001.
Reconciliation with Adams
Jefferson and John Adams had been good friends in the first decades of their political careers, serving together in the Continental Congress in the 1770s and in Europe in the 1780s. The Federalist/Republican split of the 1790s divided them, however, and Adams felt betrayed by Jefferson’s sponsorship of partisan attacks, such as those of James Callender. Jefferson, on the other hand, was angered at Adams for his appointment of “midnight judges”. The two men did not communicate directly for more than a decade after Jefferson succeeded Adams as president.
As early as 1809, Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, desired that Jefferson and Adams reconcile and began to prod the two through correspondence to re-establish contact. In 1812, Adams wrote a short New Year’s greeting to Jefferson, prompted earlier by Rush, to which Jefferson warmly responded. Thus began what historian David McCullough calls “one of the most extraordinary correspondences in American history”. Over the next fourteen years, the former presidents exchanged 158 letters discussing their political differences, justifying their respective roles in events, and debating the revolution’s import to the world. When Adams died, his last words included an acknowledgment of his longtime friend and rival: “Thomas Jefferson survives”, unaware that Jefferson had died several hours before.
Final Hours Of Jefferson’s Life
During the last hours of Jefferson’s life, he was accompanied by family members and friends. Jefferson died on July 4 at 12:50 p.m. at age 83, the same day as the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. His last recorded words were “No, doctor, nothing more,” refusing laudanum from his physician, but his final significant words are often cited as “Is it the Fourth?” or “This is the Fourth.”
Adam’s Son, John Quincey, Recognized That Indeed G-d Does Have A Master Plan
John Quincey Adams Also Recognized Slavery Was Wrong
“If the fundamental principles in the Declaration of Independence, as self-evident truths, are real truths, the existence of slavery, in any form, is a wrong.”
― John Quincy Adams
The deaths of Civil Rights Champions John Lewis and CT Vivian on the same day just like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who also passed away within hours of each other will hopefully mark the beginning of significant developments in American history going forward.
Hopefully those developments will lead to peace and prosperity not only throughout the US but for the world as well.
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