A Heartbeat Away: 15 Interesting Facts About the Vice Presidency

Vice presidential powers as defined in the Constitution of the United States.
Presides over the Senate and casts deciding vote in event of ties.

Who was the youngest to serve?
John C. Breckinridge at age 36 in 1857.

Who was the oldest to serve?
Alben W. Barkley was 75 when he finished his term in 1953.

First to succeed to the presidency
John Tyler (photo above) in 1841 when President William Henry Harrison died after just one month in office.

Number who have succeeded to the presidency after the death of a president.
Eight.

Who was the first to die in office?
George Clinton in 1812.

How many have died in office?
Seven. George Clinton in 1812, Elbridge Gerry in 1814, William R. King in 1853, Thomas Hendricks in 1885, Garret Hobart in 1899, and James Sherman in 1912.

Who was the most recent to succeed on the death of a president.
Lyndon Baines Johnson on November 22, 1963 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

How many have been elected to the presidency on their own.
Nine. John Adams in 1796, Thomas Jefferson in 1800, Martin Van Buren in 1836, Theodore Roosevelt in 1904, Calvin Coolidge in 1924, Harry S. Truman in 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, Richard Nixon in 1968, and George H.W. Bush in 1988.

What person became vice president and president without being elected to either office?
Gerald R. Ford who was appointed Vice President under Richard Nixon. He then succeeded to the presidency when Nixon resigned.

What president had three different Vice presidents?
President Franklin Roosevelt had John Nance Garner, Henry Wallace and Harry Truman as his Vice Presidents, but then he was elected to four terms.

Who was the first resign during his term?
John C. Calhoun resigned in December 1832 to take a seat in the Senate.

How many have resigned?
Two. John C. Calhoun and Spiro Agnew

Who was the first female vice presidential candidate from a major political party?
Geraldine Ferraro. She was former Vice President Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984 for the Democratic Party. They lost to President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Have any served under different presidents?
Yes. George Clinton under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and John C. Calhoun under Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.

 

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