The Fourth of July is celebrated as America's Independence Day so it is ironic, although some would argue quite fitting, that the the death of two of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, who crafted the U.S. Constitution, and John Adams, occurred on the 50th anniversary of the birth of our nation. Actually, of the first five presidents of the United States, three died on the Fourth of July. In addition to Adams and Jefferson, President James Monroe departed this life on July 4, 1831. (photo: Thomas Jefferson)
For some presidential families celebrating the birth of our nation coincided with births in their own families. The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born July 4, 1831. The soldier who fought to keep the Union together during the Civil War and became the 18th U.S. President, Ulysses Grant, welcomed the birth of his daughter and one of his grandson on July 4. And a current occupant of the White House, presidential daughter Malia Obama, will celebrate her 16th birthday on the Fourth of July.
(Photo on left: President Grant, on the right, President Coolidge)
President Obama with daughter Malia who was born on July 4, 1998