40 Scandalous Secrets About America’s Presidents That You Probably Never Learned In History Class

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We know our presidents based on who they present themselves to be – or who the history books say they were. But not all that happens in the White House is completely above board, nor are the people we see leading the country totally beyond reproach. In fact, just about every U.S. president – even the much-loved likes of Abraham Lincoln and JFK – has had a scandalous secret, as you’ll find out if you read on…

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40. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had a serious rivalry – right down to the end

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As American history aficionados will know, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson served as the second and third presidents of the U.S., respectively. Yet while the two men’s shared political aspirations brought them together, there was also a serious rivalry between the pair. And this spirit of competition only ceased when both died on the same day: July 4, 1826. In fact, just before he passed away, Adams muttered, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” At that time, you see, he had no idea that his long-time adversary had himself died a few hours beforehand.

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