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The Vice Presidents are listed in chronological order.

For facts about and links to any Vice President, click on the name:

John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
Aaron Burr
George Clinton
Elbridge Gerry
Daniel D. Tompkins
John C. Calhoun
Martin Van Buren
Richard Mentor Johnson
John Tyler
George Mifflin Dallas
Millard Fillmore
William Rufus King
John C. Breckinridge
Hannibal Hamlin
Andrew Johnson
Schuyler Colfax
Henry Wilson
William Wheeler
Chester Alan Arthur
Thomas Hendricks
Levi Parsons Morton
Adlai E. Stevenson
Garret A. Hobart
Theodore Roosevelt
Charles W. Fairbanks
James Sherman
Thomas Marshall
Calvin Coolidge
Charles G. Dawes
Charles Curtis
John Nance Garner
Henry A. Wallace
Harry S. Truman
Alben W. Barkley
Richard M. Nixon
Lyndon B. Johnson
Hubert H. Humphrey
Spiro T. Agnew
Gerald R. Ford
Nelson Rockefeller
Walter Mondale
George Bush
Dan Quayle
Al Gore
Dick Cheney



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    The Vice Presidents
    of the United States

William Rufus King  
William Rufus King
John C. Breckinridge  
John C. Breckinridge
Hannibal Hamlin  
Hannibal Hamlin

William Rufus King    Served under Franklin Pierce 1853-1853

The Thirteenth Vice President

Born: April 7, 1786
Died: April 18, 1853
State: Alabama (b. North Carolina)
Party: Democrat

--Graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1803).
--Admitted to the North Carolina bar (1806).
--North Carolina House of Commons (1807-9).
--U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1811-16).
--Secretary of U.S. legations in Naples, Italy and St. Petersburg, Russia (1816-18).
--U.S. Senate from Alabama (1819-44).
--President Pro Tempore of the Senate (1836-41).
--Minister to France (1844-46).
--U.S. Senate from Alabama (1848-52).
--Vice President of the United States (1853).
--The only Vice President to be inaugurated outside the United States, in Havana, Cuba, where he had gone for health reasons.
--Died in office, having never performed any official duties as Vice President.
--He roomed for many years with fellow bachelor James Buchanan.
King Links:

*Senate Biography.
*Grolier's Page.
*Sampson County, NC.
*Congressman King.
*North Carolina Congressman.
*War Hawk and Diplomat.
*Senator King.
*Alabama Senator.
*Henry Clay Apologizes, 1841.
*Office of President Pro Tempore.
*US Minister to France, 1844.
*1852 Presidential Election.
*To Cuba for a Cure, 1852.
*Senator to Vice President.
*Life and Death In the Senate.
*Died In Office.
*Political Cartoon.
*King County, Washington.
*James Buchanan Page.
*President Franklin Pierce.

John C. Breckinridge    Served under James Buchanan from 1857-1861

The Fourteenth Vice President

Born: January 21, 1821
Died: May 17, 1875
State: Kentucky
Party: Democrat

--Graduated from Centre College (1839).
--Admitted to the Kentucky bar (1840).
--Major of Kentucky volunteers during the Mexican War (1847-48).
--Kentucky House of Representatives (1849).
--U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky (1851-55).
--Vice President of the United States (1857-61).
--The youngest Vice President, he was 36 at his inauguration.
--As unsuccessful Presidential candidate of the Southern Democratic Party in 1860, he received 72 Electoral Votes, second to Lincoln.
--U.S. Senate from Kentucky (1861).
--Expelled from the Senate as a traitor for supporting the Kentucky sessionist movement (1861).
--He served as a General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
--Secretary of War for the Confederate States in 1865.
--He escaped to Cuba at the end of the Civil War and lived in Europe and Canada, threatened with charges of treason, until President Johnson declared a General Amnesty in 1868.
--Upon his return to the U.S., he practiced law and served as a railroad executive.
--His son, Clifton Breckinridge, served several terms as a U.S. Representative from Arkansas in the 1880's and 1890's.
Breckinridge Links:

*Senate Biography.
*Grolier's Page.
*Kentucky Legislator.
*Congressman Breckinridge.
*1856 Presidential Race.
*1856 Presidential Election.
*Youngest Vice President.
*Divided Democrats.
*Breckenridge-Lane, 1860.
*1860 Election Biography.
*Election of 1860.
*1860 Presidential Election.
*1860 Electoral Vote Map.
*Senator Breckinridge.
*Standard-Bearer and Traitor.
*The Quandary of Secession.
*The Civil War In Brief.
*Kentucky and the Civil War.
*The Confederate States of America.
*General Breckinridge.
*A Letter from Gen. Breckinridge.
*At Chickamauga.
*Jefferson Davis' Cabinet Members.
*Confederate Secretary of War.
*The Last Days of the Confederate Government.
*Political Cartoon.
*The Distinguished Breckinridge Family.
*John Bell Page.
*Clifton R. Breckinridge, His Son.
*President James Buchanan.

Hannibal Hamlin    Served under Abraham Lincoln from 1861-1865

The Fifteenth Vice President

Born: August 27, 1809
Died: July 4, 1891
State: Maine
Party: Republican (originally Democrat)

--Admitted to the Maine bar (1833).
--Maine House of Representatives, as Democrat (1836-40).
--Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives (1837, 1839, 1840).
--Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (1840).
--U.S. House of Representatives from Maine (1843-47).
--Failed anti-slavery (Democrat) candidate for U.S. Senate from Maine (1846).
--Maine House of Representatives (1848).
--U.S. Senate from Maine, still as a Democrat (1848-57).
--Joined the newly formed Republican Party (1856).
--Governor of Maine (1857).
--Resigned as Governor to re-join the U.S. Senate, this time as a Republican (1857-61).
--Vice President of the United States (1861-65).
--In 1864, he served a 60-day enlistment in the Maine State Guard, at the rank of Private, while serving as Vice President.
--He was briefly the Collector of the Port of Boston after the war (1865-66).
--U.S. Senate from Maine (1869-81)
--Minister to Spain (1881-82)
--Retired from public life to his farm.
--He was the third Vice President, after Adams and Jefferson, to die on the Fourth of July.
Hamlin Links:

*Senate Biography.
*Grolier's Page.
*From the State of Maine.
*Speaker of the Maine House, 1837, 1839-40.
*Congressman Hamlin.
*Senator from Maine, Both Democrat and Republican.
*Senator Hamlin.
*Opponent of Slavery.
*Radical Republicans.
*Governor of Maine, 1857.
*1860 Republican Convention.
*1860 Election Biography.
*1860 Presidential Election.
*The Civil War In Brief.
*A Frustrated Vice President.
*President of the Senate.
*Private Hamlin.
*Radical Reconstructionist.
*Minister to Spain, 1881.
*The Republican Party.
*US Capitol Statuary Hall.
*Senate Bust.
*Statue in Bangor.
*Political Cartoon.
*Hamlin Home.
*Hamlin Memorial Library.
*Hannibal E. Hamlin, His Son.
*The Vice President of the Confederate States.
*Alexander Stephens' Career.
*President Abraham Lincoln.

To see the fact sheet and links for a Vice President, click on his last name:
Introduction   Adams, Jefferson, Burr,   Clinton, Gerry, Tompkins,   Calhoun, Van Buren, RM Johnson,   Tyler, Dallas, Fillmore,   King, Breckenridge, Hamlin,   A Johnson, Colfax, Wilson,   Wheeler, Arthur, Hendricks,   Morton, Stevenson, Hobart,   Roosevelt, Fairbanks, Sherman   Marshall, Coolidge, Dawes,   Curtis, Garner, Wallace,   Truman, Barkley, Nixon   LB Johnson, Humphrey, Agnew,   Ford, Rockefeller, Mondale,   Bush, Quayle, Gore, Cheney.       2000 Nominees.