February 16, 2011
Q. Which three presidents died on the Fourth of July?
A. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe
John Adams (1797-1801) knew seven different languages. The Adams family was the nation's first "First Family" to live in what is now known as the White House. On his arrival in Washington, Adams found the White House in rough shape. A swamp and a forest surrounded the outside of the house. Inside, only six rooms were ready to live in. The main stairs weren't even finished. John Adams didn't want to be called Mr. President. Instead, he wanted to be called His Highness because it sounded more important.
Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) understood Italian, Spanish, French, German, Latin, and Greek. Jefferson was the first president to have his inauguration in Washington, D.C. After the burning of the Library of Congress in the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson's personal library was bought by the U.S. government to start a new library. Lewis and Clark brought back grizzly bears from their western expedition and presented them to Jefferson as gifts. He kept them in cages on the White House grounds.
James Monroe (1817-1825) was the first president that had his inauguration held outdoors. When Monroe ran for re-election in 1820, he was virtually unopposed. A single dissenting vote was cast on purpose; to be sure that George Washington remained the country's only president elected unanimously. After he left the White House, Monroe was broke. He had to move in with his daughter.
Information found in Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July.
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