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As joseph ellis wrote in his book founding brothers the revolutionary generation john adams and thomas jefferson could be considered the odd couple of the american revolution they first . John adams and thomas jefferson are perhaps americas most famous pair of feuding friends their storied relationship ended abruptly on july 4 1826 when they both died within hours of each other. Thomas jefferson and john adams were at times great friends and at times great rivals and of the founding fathers they were probably the most influential in deciding the course of the of the united states of america in temperament in politics and in faith these men were very different but in important ways they were similar notably both men suffering the loss of family members . On july 4 1826 former presidents thomas jefferson and john adams who were once fellow patriots and then adversaries die on the same day within five hours of. John adams october 30 1735 july 4 1826 was a politician and the second president of the united states the close friendship between thomas jefferson and john adams began when they met at the 1775 continental congress in philadelphiaalthough different in many ways down to their appearance the two developed a strong respect and liking for one another