1. Jefferson was in debt to British banks, which fueled his animosity toward the British and ❤️ for the French. When Washington signed the Jay Treaty giving Britain favored trading status, Jefferson accused Washington of treason. Then Jefferson and Adams turned on each other.
2. Jefferson accused POTUS Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." Adams' men called VP Jefferson "a mean-spirited son of a Indian squaw, sired by mulatto."
3. Jefferson and Adams pioneered the art of the negative campaigning in the US. 12 years after the vicious election of 1800, they patched things up and passed away on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
4. Many of the Founding Fathers had similar money troubles; George Washington (though land rich with 35000 acres) and James Monroe died in debt. So did Alexander Hamilton, who was so poor that mourners at his funeral had to pass around a hat to gather the cash needed to bury him.
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