Tag Archives: Vice Presidential history

Chester Alan Arthur in Hiding

When Chester Alan Arthur was named as Republican VP candidate in 1880, no one was more surprised than he was. CAA: A Brief Run-up. Very brief, in fact. Chet Arthur had never been elected to anything before. The New York … Continue reading

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VP Charlie Curtis and His Data Base

Charles Curtis is one of our most obscure Vice Presidents, known only for being part  Indian, as they used to call it, and he was proud of it. Charlie the Kaw Charles Curtis (1860-1936) was a Kansan, born as the … Continue reading

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The President and the Apprentice: A Book Review

The President and the Apprentice by Irvin F. Gellman is a massive and masterful book. It runs nearly 600 pages, not counting another 200 small print notes and citations. A remarkable effort. One could write pages of comments of course … Continue reading

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William R. King: The VEEP Who Never Was

The office of Vice President was merely an afterthought to our Constitution’s founders. It was so insignificant that for nearly 39 years(!), the office remained empty. The Early VEEPS For the first twelve years of the USA being the USA, … Continue reading

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VP John Nance Garner: “Cactus Jack”

The longest lived Vice President was FDR’s first VEEP, John Nance Garner. He lived to be just shy of his 99th birthday. JNG: Rural Texan John Nance Garner (1867-1965) lived between Johnsons: born during VP-turned-POTUS Andrew Johnson’s administration, and died … Continue reading

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VP Hannibal Hamlin, Coast Guard Private

Hannibal Hamlin was Vice President during Abraham Lincoln’s first term. He was a decent man, lost to history. Vice President Hamlin, The Background Hannibal Hamlin, from Maine, was a likeable and respected attorney, a pleasant but far from stellar United … Continue reading

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Chester Alan Arthur: A VEEP on Hold

Vice President Chester Alan Arthur became President following the assassination and death of James A. Garfield. CAA: The Basics Born in Vermont and raised in upstate New York, Chester Alan Arthur (183o-1886) was a preacher’s son who attended Union College, … Continue reading

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