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|John Adams: Later Life
An embittered John Adams left the White House on the morning of March 4, 1801, and was already heading home when Thomas Jefferson was being sworn in as his successor.
Adams spent the rest of his life at Peacefield, the Adams family farm in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was finally able to enjoy a life with his wife Abigail, his children, and his grandchildren. He threw himself into writing his autobiography and to studying and writing about a wide variety of subjects, and rarely left the house. Charles's widow, Sally, and her young daughters moved in with John and Abigail, and for five years John Quincy's son lived there as well while his parents were abroad on public service. The family of Thomas Adams, another son, lived nearby, and John Quincy was a frequent visitor.
In 1812, mutual friends brought Adams and Jefferson together again, via mail, and the two former rivals exchanged hundreds of letters on every conceivable topic for the next fourteen years. Both men died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an anniversary both men had been determined to see.
Originally interred in the Hancock Cemetery, John Adams is now entombed in a crypt beneath the sanctuary of the United First Parish Church, which is also part of the Historical Park. The crypt also holds the remains of Abigail, John Quincy, and John Quincy's wife, Louisa Catherine.
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