Thomas Jefferson - a true Renaissance man, he wrote our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, was an early American diplomat to France, became our 3rd President, was a self-taught botanist, architect and scientist, and he sent the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore what lay to the west of the Mississippi river. A remarkable man.
"The highest, the transcendent glory of the American Revolution was this — it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the precepts of Christianity." -- John Quincy Adams, Letter to an autograph collector (27 April 1837)
John Hancock, the President of the US 2nd Continental Congress and the 1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts was born 1-23-1737. His name and signature on the Declaration of Independence are icons in American history. He died in 1793.
William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was the ninth President of the United States (1841), an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office. He was 68 years, 23 days old when inaugurated, the oldest president to take office until Ronald Reagan in 1981, and last President to be born before the United States Declaration of Independence.
"There is nothing which I dread so much as division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under the Constitution." –John Adams
Fascinating coincidences in American history: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the main architects of the US constitution, died on 4 July 1826, exactly 50 years to the day from the birth of the country they founded. In 1831 James Monroe, the US's 5th President, also died on the 4th of July. Pres. Zachary Taylor was poisoned on 4 July and died a few days later. Calvin Coolidge and Malia Obama were born on 4 July.