The most inadvertently prophetic words that Adams ever uttered were his last: Thomas Jefferson survives. For it was the Jeffersonian image that broke free of the aggregated anonymity, the founders or the fathers, and eventually ascended into heaven with Washington. During the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Jeffersonian legacy became the most adaptable and all-purpose political touchstone in American political history.
— Joseph J. Ellis
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (1993)
Today in the Revolution ...
Maryland is the seventh state to ratify the Constitution.