56 Congressional delegates signed the Declaration of Independence.
The bulk of it's crafting fell to three of our Founding Fathers.
Ben Franklin was 70 years old at the time. He was also the oldest signer.
John Adams was 40.
It's principal author, Thomas Jefferson was only 33.
They all mutually pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes
and their sacred honor.
Adams and Jefferson later became bitter political enemies.
It was not lost on them what they had been a part of.
They rekindled their relationship and exchanged many letters.
According to accounts, John Adams' last words were,
"Thomas Jefferson survives..."
But he was wrong.
Jefferson had passed mere hours before him, with his final
words reportedly, "This is the Fourth..."
These two men.....Allies. Enemies. Friends.
Died 50 years to the day after the signing.
I don't believe in coincidence.
"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous..."