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Two US Presidents Died on Independence Day

Adams and Jefferson

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • independence: freedom from another government’s control
  • significant: important; notable
  • draft: to write
  • rival: enemy
  • renew: to try again; to refresh something from the past
  • outlive: to live longer than
  • written in the stars: destined to happen

Two US Presidents Died on Independence Day

On July 4th Americans around the world celebrate Independence Day. July 4th is a significant day in history for two other reasons. The second US president, John Adams, and the president, Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th. In fact, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4th, 1826. This was the fiftieth of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Adams and Jefferson had worked together to draft the Declaration. In later years, the two became political rivals. It wasn’t until they were both retired that they renewed their friendship and their respect for each other. Adams who was 90 outlived Jefferson, 82, by hours.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What do Americans celebrate on July 4th?
  2. What happened on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
  3. Describe the relationship between former President Adams and Jefferson.

Discussion Questions: Do you think the timing of these deaths was a coincidence or do you think it was written in the stars?

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