April 4, 1790 – John Adams Predicts The Future History of the American Revolution

On this day in history, John Adams, then serving as Vice President, feeling decidedly underappreciated and resentful of the deification of both Washington and Franklin, groused to his friend Benjamin Rush in a letter:

The history of our Revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other. The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electrical rod smote the earth and out sprung General Washington. That Franklin electrized him with his rod—and henceforth these two conducted all the policy, negotiation, legislation and war.”

You can read the entire letter here.

Washington Franklin


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