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Which US president was born on the 4th of July? And other Independence Day trivia

Leigh McManus July 1, 2021
Which US president was born on the 4th of July? And other Independence Day trivia

Which president was born on the 4th of July? Americans are interested in Independence Day trivia as the big day approaches.

What’s Independence Day? Which newspaper first printed the Declaration?

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the US that commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States on 4 July 1776.

The Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to the monarchy of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free and independent states.

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A man displays a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence outside the Old State House in Boston on 4 July, 2020

The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on 2 July.

The document that set out the terms of the declaration reads: “These United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.”

These words were first read en masse when The Pennsylvania Evening Post published them on the front page on 6 July 1776.

The Pennsylvania Evening Post was published every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, hence the delay.

Which US president was born on the 4th of July? Independence Day trivia explored

John Calvin Coolidge Jr was born on 4 July 1872 in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. He is the only US president to be born on Independence Day.

Coincidentally, the deaths of Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, and John Adams, the second, occurred on the same day in the same year.

Amazingly the two deaths also occurred on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence – 4 July 1826.

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President Coolidge standing on the South lawn of The White House in Washington DC

James Monroe, the fifth president, also died on 4 July but in 1831.

Things were slower in the the 18th century. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776.

All the others, 56 men from 13 colonies, signed later.

The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.

The youngest was Thomas Lynch Jr, of South Carolina, who was just 27 years old at the time. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin, 70, of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.

Who was Calvin Coolidge?

The only president born on Independence Day was a “conservative’s conservative”, according to The National Portrait Gallery.

Calvin Coolidge was a lawyer and politician who served as the 30th president of the United States from 1923 to 1929.

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President Calvin Coolidge tosses out the ceremonial first ball in a 1925 game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelaphia Athletics

Coolidge was the son of a village storekeeper. He graduated from Amherst College with honours and entered law and politics in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The Republican was from New England, born in Vermont. Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of Massachusetts.

The White House says that, as president, Coolidge “demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts of frugality amid the material prosperity many Americans were enjoying during the 1920s era”.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful 4th of July!

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Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.