WND Exclusive – Independence Day deaths marked by Divine Providence

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from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

There were five Founding Fathers who became president. Some would say that, no, in fact there were six. What about John Quincy Adams? Was he not a founder?

No he wasn’t. He was the son of second President John Adams, but was only a child of the Revolution.

The five, in order, were of course George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.

It was Divine Providence that brought all these great men together at this exact place and this exact time in history. It was through acts of Divine Providence that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were crafted and signed. It was Divine Providence that assisted in the founding of our nation.

And it was by Divine Providence that God put his final stamp on the founding of the United States, with the passing of three of the five founder presidents on the day of America’s declared independence.

And, save for just six days, it could have been four. Actually, I suppose, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say it was in fact four.

Most of us know of the more than remarkable timing that marked the passing of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826, within hours of one another. It’s frankly one of the strangest occurrences in American history. It was just incredible timing that both highly influential founders and former enemies turned friends, would both pass on the 50th anniversary of our founding.

It would seem virtually impossible without Divine Providence.

Both men lived far beyond the average lifespan of the time, which was 37 years, as Jefferson was 83 and Adams 90.

Some of Adams’ last words were reported to be, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” For Jefferson, he was said to have twice asked, once on the evening of July 3 and once just after midnight – “Is it the Fourth?” Some say this is proof that the two were just trying to hang on until that day, but others remarked differently.

Daniel Webster, during his eulogy given in Boston for both Adams and Jefferson, said that the fact that both men passed on the 50th anniversary was “proof” from on high “that our country, and its benefactors, are objects of His care.”

New York Congressman Churchill Caldom Cambreleng, in his eulogy of Jefferson, said, “The body had wasted away – but the energies of a powerful mind, struggling with expiring nature, kept the vital spark alive till the meridian sun shone on our 50th Anniversary – then content to die – the illustrious Jefferson gave to the world his last declaration.”

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