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Grover Cleveland's first vice president barely spoke with him, did not agree on politics and was in office for political reasons. Hendricks was the bottom half of a ticket that lost the disputed election of 1876. His position on the martyred ticket that lost after a congressional commission decided for Rutherford B. Hayes would earn him a spot in t…
 
The story of John C. Breckinridge, the only vice president to take up arms against the country he served. A charismatic and skilled speaker, he knew all of the people he ran against in the 1860 election. He took up the banner of a party associated with disunion, though his own views were far more complicated.…
 
We discuss Charles Fairbanks, Teddy's Roosevelt's Vice President from 1905 to 1909. Not only did they not see eye to eye, but Roosevelt might have given his career a little shove. Or maybe not. And how did a Senator from Indiana get his name on a town in Alaska that he never saw? Chris Novembrino of Don't Worry About the Government podcast joins us…
 
Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Vice President under Grover Cleveland in his second term, has been eclipsed in history by his famous grandson. This is for reasons of time and memory and TV pictures but not for accomplishment. For the original Adlai had quite the career, and made it to national office as Congressman, Postmaster and then Vice President. He wa…
 
Hog caller and stump speaker Alben Barkley defied all expectations. The son of a tobacco farmer with little money to spare became Vice President and sometimes, a contender for President. Senator and Majority Leader he prospered from his ability to speak. It even almost got him in trouble with the President he served, Harry Truman. The Original "Vee…
 
Rich, popular and diplomatic, Levi Parsons Morton was a banker-turned politician who had a knack for making connections and a penchant for raising money. He helped bankroll two Presidential campaigns before he found himself on a ticket, winning and serving under Benjamin Harrison. He would get along with the former General, but he would disappoint …
 
When a great national battle was on, Hamlin made his voice clear, taking on slavery, the slave power and Jefferson Davis himself. So much so, he attracted the attention of a young congressman who would become his Commander in Chief. When his name was added to the ticket in 1860, Hannibal Hamlin's Lincoln's first vice-president was pleased to see a …
 
Banker, Comptroller, Campaign Manager and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Charles G. Dawes came to the Vice Presidency with many achievements already in hand. A master of systems of supply and organization, he had served in the Army under Pershing and developed the Allies supply system, then re-engineered the reparations payments Germany owed and the resu…
 
A look at Garret Hobart, William McKinley's first Vice President who would be so influential and charming that he would sometimes be called the Assistant Vice President. Convincing the President to go to war, taking care of Cabinet squabbles and entertaining important administration allies were among the services he performed. Until his health caug…
 
A bit about Gerald Ford's brief Vice Presidency, where he took over from Spiro Agnew. He spent his time balancing between supporting Nixon during the Watergate crisis and supporting Watergate critics. He also kept him self busy, and away from the White House as much as he could. We also get a bit into Ford's resulting Presidency, and his underestim…
 
Franklin Pierce's Vice President died in office before he reached Washington D.C. to serve. But his prior career had been one of a respected moderate Southerner willing to compromise. That didn't stop him from challenging Henry Clay to a duel once. We discuss rumors and speculation that he may have been the first gay vice President, and how the US …
 
Years before Dick Cheney, a VP with his own politics and power base would emerge. A brake to Taft's progressive tendencies and a token to conservative Old Guard Republicans, James Schoolcraft Sherman may have had more influence over the inexperienced and reluctant President Taft than has been widely known. He helped pull the Taft Administration awa…
 
Henry Wallace was Vice President and wanted to stay Vice President. But the bosses wanted Harry. Even though, Harry didn't know he was up for the job. And even though, no one knew who FDR truly wanted. It's the story of the 1944 DNC Convention and the battle between two veeps. Yes, at some point, it does involve an axe. This episode previously aire…
 
Monroe's Vice President is known for maybe two things. A park in the East Village of New York City, and that he was a drunk. Yet, as we discuss with Tim Pearson, the author of Second Fiddle, The Strange, Sick, Silly Sad and Soused Men We Elected Vice President a book about Vice Presidents (highly recommended), there's much more to Daniel D. Tompkin…
 
Lyndon Johnson was a powerful man - a mover and shaker in Washington who had his own car phone. He worked directly with the President of The United States, and many people thought he could be President next. But then he took the job of VP under a junior senator John Kennedy. Why? To solve the mystery of why, we speak with Tom Oliphant of the Boston…
 
The only Vice President to resign the office voluntarily is a much more interesting character than just that fact. From a local politico to second-highest office in the land in five years, Agnew took an important role as Nixon's Nixon, attacking the news media and the so called hippie culture of the sixties. Opponents pushed back, and he doubled do…
 
As a Vice President serving under an obscure President, Wheeler is not a common name in history. In fact, his own President Rutherford B. Hayes had to ask the question "Who is William Wheeler?" when his name was in consideration. But as we discuss, perhaps he should be known more. His frankness, disdain for corruption, and love of nature made him a…
 
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