Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Go fourth and meet your maker

Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on this day in 1826. The two had become the best of friends later in life. As Adams lay dying he said, "Thomas Jefferson--still survives..."  Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that day.

(Trivia: Another U. S. President died on July 4th -- James Monroe, July 4, 1831. Also, Pres. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.)

The great American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804. He wrote:

"We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death."