Some are eloquent quotes worthy of the holders of the highest office in the nation, and others... aren’t.
1. George Washington
2. John Adams
"Thomas Jefferson survives." What Adams didn't know was that Jefferson had actually passed away several hours earlier.
3. Thomas Jefferson
His last recorded words are "No, doctor, nothing more, " but the three people present at the time of his death all noted that he either stated or asked about the date shortly before his death. The date: July Fourth, of course. History likes to remember him as closing out his time on earth with this fitting speech: “Is it the Fourth? I resign my spirit to God, my daughter, and my country.”
4. James Madison
“Nothing more than a change of mind, my dear.” It was his response when one of his nieces asked him “What is the matter?”
5. James Monroe
“I regret that I should leave this world without again beholding him”—"him” being James Madison, one of his best friends.
6. John Quincy Adams
“This is the last of earth. I am content.” JQA actually had a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives and died in the Speaker's Room in the Capitol Building.
7. Andrew Jackson
“I hope to meet each of you in heaven. Be good, children, all of you, and strive to be ready when the change comes.”
8. Martin Van Buren
“There is but one reliance.”
9. William Henry Harrison
Spoken to Veep John Tyler: “I understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.”
10. John Tyler
“Perhaps it is best.”
11. James K. Polk
“I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you.” Sarah, as you might have already assumed, was his wife. Sarah lived for another 42 years.
13. Millard Fillmore
“The nourishment is palatable.” He was commenting about some soup he had just been fed. By the way, does Fillmore look particularly attractive to you? Queen Victoria once said he was the most handsome man she had ever laid eyes upon.
14. Franklin Pierce
No last words seem to have been recorded for Pierce, though given his tragic life, perhaps they were words of relief that it was finally ending. In lieu of Franklin Pierce, I give you Ben Franklin's final words: "A dying man can do nothing easy, ” he said, after his daughter asked him to change positions in bed.