July 4, 1826: explaining the same-day deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Battin, Margaret P.
Title July 4, 1826: explaining the same-day deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Date 2005
Description John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826. Both were old men--Adams was 90, and Jefferson was 83--and both were ill, though Adams had been in comparatively robust health until just a few months earlier and Jefferson had been ill for an extended period. They had been rivals, indeed enemies, for some time; Jefferson had defeated Adams in the presidential election of 1800. But they had repaired their differences and had pursued an active correspondence with each other in the years before their deaths. On that final day, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts, and Jefferson died at his home in Monticello, Virginia, the two separated by hundreds of miles and by many days of overland travel time.
Type Text
Publisher Historical Society
Volume 6
Issue 6
First Page 34
Last Page 39
Subject Coincidence; Synchrony; Bioethics; Euthanasia; Suicide
Subject LCSH Adams, John, 1735-1826 -- Death and burial; Jefferson, Thomas,1743-1826 -- Death and burial; Death -- Causes; Death -- Moral and ethical aspects
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Battin, M. P. (2005). July 4, 1826: explaining the same-day deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Historically Speaking (Bulletin of the Historical Society), 6(6), 34-9.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xk905d
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