1813: The week Jefferson and Adams started their historic correspondence

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the key figures of the American revolution.  Jefferson's glorious pen gave the Declaration of Independence the lines that we all love.  Adams was a major force in leading the colonies toward independence. They were part of the first Cabinet under President Washington.  Mr. Adams was the first V.P. and the second president.  Mr. Jefferson was the second V.P. and third president.  Jefferson defeated Adams in 1800 in a very nasty election that fractured their friendship. After losing to Jefferson, Adams went home to Massachusetts, and the two men never spoke again.  It was a very sad ending to a partnership that mattered so much from independence to the formation of the new nation.   Jefferson left the presidency after two terms and retired in Virginia.  They were miles apart in more ways than one! Jefferson finally broke the ice and wrote Adams a letter in 1813: Following 12 years of...(Read Full Post)

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