• Thomas Jefferson survives.

    Quoted in Susan Boylston Adams Clark, Letter to Abigail Louisa Smith Adams Johnson, 9 July 1826. In fact, Jefferson had died a few hours earlier on this, the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Eliza Quincy, in her 1861 memoirs, wrote that the last words Adams spoke distinctly were "Thomas Jefferson"; the rest of the sentence, she noted, was inarticulate. See Jefferson 55
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