Levi P. Morton was born in Shoreham Vermont on May 16th, 1824. His father Daniel was a minister in the Congregational Church. After a basic education he dropped out of school and went to work in a dry goods store. He moved around to various states and eventually settled in New York City where he became the leading importer and exporter of Southern cotton and opened a successful bank. During the Civil War he was recruited to negotiate a peace settlement with the British after they…Continue
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Thomas A. Hendricks was born in Muskingum County Ohio on September 7th 1819. His father John was a farmer and ran a general store. The family moved to Indiana under the advice of if his uncle William Hendricks who was the U.S. Representative and later Governor of the state. Once the family moved Andrew Jackson appointed John Hendricks Surveyor of Public Lands. Thomas attended The Shelby County Seminary and the Greensburg Academy and went to college at Hanover. After clerking for…Continue
Chester A. Arthur was born in Fairfield Vermont on October 5th, 1829. His father William had been a school teacher but became a Minister and joined the Free Will Baptists, a religious organization opposed to slavery. Chester’s mother was an immigrant from Ireland who had moved to Canada but met William when he visited across the border. William became a traveling preacher and the family moved frequently until they finally settled in Schenectady New York.
Since the family…Continue
William A. Wheeler was born in Malone New York on June 30th 1819. His father Almon Wheeler was a successful lawyer but died when William was only eight. His mother took in boards from the Franklin Academy which helped to pay William’s tuition. He studied law at the University of Vermont however financial and health problems forced him to drop out so he never earned a formal degree although he received a number of honorary ones later in life. After he left school he went to work…Continue
*a quick note, summer has been busy so I'm a bit behind in my homework but I'm trying to catch up*
Henry Wilson (Jeremiah Jones Colbath) was born in Farmington New Hampshire on February 16th, 1812. His father Winthrop had named him Jeremiah after a wealthy neighbor in hopes of an inheritance. Colbath didn’t like his name so when he turned 21 he legally changed it to Henry Wilson. Wilson came from a poor family; his father had been a day laborer so when he was 10 he…Continue
When it comes to the Vice Presidents I really only know those who went on to be President. However the county I live in was named after the 17th so I know a bit about him, but mostly because he was involved in a major railroad scandal that in a way built my little town. So here is a brief history of an important figure in my personal life.
Schuyler Colfax was born in New York City on March 23rd 1823. His grandfather had served as Washington’s personal guard…Continue
Most Vice Presidents are forgotten, even some who become President. However the sixteenth VP made history, although probably not for the reasons he hoped.
Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh North Carolina on December 29th 1808. Jacob Johnson had been the town constable but died of a heart attack after rescuing several drowning men. Polly Johnson raised her three children as a washerwoman, although there are rumors that she was also a “woman for hire” and Andrew’s father was…Continue
Hannibal (Cyrus) Hamlin was born on August 27th 1809 in Paris Hill Maine. The Hamlins had been among the first settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and were involved in politics since the 1600’s. Hannibal attended the Hebron Academy and after his education he returned to run the family farm and founded the Oxford Jeffersonian paper. He studied law with Samuel Fessenden and set up his law practice in Hampden Maine after passing the bar in 1833. During the Aroostook War (The…Continue
In 1976 Disney released Freaky Friday. The plot of the movie is that on Friday the 13th a mother and daughter (Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster) have been fighting, each believes the other has the easier life. At the same time they both wish they could switch places for one day and their wish comes true. They then have to live the other’s life until they switch back, and of course high jinx ensue and lessons are learned. It wasn’t the first time body switches had been done in entertainment…Continue
John C. Breckinridge was born on January 16th 1821 at his family’s plantation, Thorn Hill, near Lexington Kentucky but his father was appointed the Kentucky Secretary of State so the family moved to Frankfort. His mother was the granddaughter of John Witherspoon, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1823 Joseph Breckinridge died and the family moved in with Cabell Breckinridge’s parents. John attended Pisgah Academy and learned about politics from his…Continue
William R. King was born in Sampson County North Carolina on April 7th 1786 to a wealthy family. His father owned a large plantation and served on the state delegation to the Constitutional Convention. King studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and after working with William Duffy he passed the bar in 1806. King was also an active member of the Freemasons.
In 1807 King was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons and served until 1809. He was…Continue
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Millard Fillmore was born in Moravia New York in on January 7th, 1800. At a time when it was popular for politicians to prove they were “of the people” by claiming they were born in a log cabin he actually was. Instead of a formal education Fillmore was apprenticed to a cloth manufacturer, he only attended a school, the New Hope Academy, for six months. While learning the cloth trade he also clerked for Judge Walter Wood where he first began studying the law.
George Dallas was born in Pennsylvania on July 19th, 1792. His father Alexander was a lawyer and even served as the Secretary of the Treasury in the Madison administration. George was educated in a Quaker prep school before he attended the College of New Jersey (Princeton) and studied law according to his father’s wishes.
Dallas had attempted to leave college in order to join the military during the War of 1812 but his father forbade him from doing so. Instead he became…Continue
John Tyler was born on March 29th, 1790 in the state of Virginia, since it was after the ratification of the Constitution he became the first Vice President officially born in the United States. He came from a wealthy family that was early settlers of Williamsburg. His father was a well respected judge who had served on multiple political committees and even as Governor, and had roomed with Thomas Jefferson in college.
Tyler was raised on the family plantation; since his…Continue
If you're going to run for public office you should learn from other's mistakes. Studying how someone failed in their campaign will help you learn how to not do it that way. And so as part of my independent campaign for Vice President I have been paying attention to how other's are working toward public office. One of the most interesting is Marco Rubio, and how he crashed and burned on the road to the White House.
Following the Bush disaster and McCain’s failed Presidential bid the…Continue
Richard Mentor Johnson was born on October 17th, 1780 in a settlement called Beargrass, now part of Louisville Kentucky, although at the time it was in the colony of Virginia. He was almost killed by a flaming arrow during the Simon Girty attack upon Byran Station (modern day Lexington) but one of his siblings doused the flames before the house burned down. His father was a surveyor and managed to secure prime property for himself in the territory so since Johnson grew up in the…Continue
Martin Van Buren was born on December 5th 1782 in Kinderhook New York. The region was mostly Dutch so he was the first Vice President who spoke English as a second language. His father ran a local tavern where he learned how to deal with all kinds of people from the poor farmers to the wealthy merchants passing through the area.
Unlike the former Vice Presidents Martin Van never attended a college, he apprenticed with a law firm in New York City. After a few years he passed…Continue
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Until now there were two kinds of Vice Presidents, those who occupied the office and those who tried to influence U.S. policy, but generally failed. And then there is the seventh Vice President who would have a major impact on American history although in the end it would mostly be negative.
John C. Calhoun was born in South Carolina in 1782 on his family’s farm. When his father became ill he had to quit school to keep the place operating but eventually he attended Yale and earned his…Continue
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Thousands of years ago when humans were hunter gatherers they discovered that their best chance for survival was to form a group. They also developed the “Us and Them” ideology. “Us” were just trying to provide food, shelter and security for the tribe while “Them” were out to kill everyone, steal their stuff and do unspeakable acts upon the women. Eventually humans developed agriculture and civilization was born, empires rose and fell, wars were waged and unspeakable horrors were committed…Continue
As I do my homework I am amazed at how little I know about the Vice Presidents, the men who occupied the second most powerful office of the United States. I had heard of the first five but I had no idea who number six was. So, here’s a brief history of a forgotten Vice President.
Daniel Tompkins was born in New York at his family’s estate, Fox Meadows on June 21st 1774, just two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from Columbia College…Continue
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