13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Vice Presidency
Sure, everybody’s always talking about the presidents, but what about the other guys? We searched high and low to find the most interesting facts about the second highest office in the land.
Some presidents were failed VP nominees
Two candidates unsuccessful in their campaigns for the vice presidency went on to become president: John Tyler and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Years before he became president, vice presidential candidate FDR and his running mate, Ohio Governor James Cox, were defeated by Warren G. Harding’s ticket in 1920. Few at the time doubted he would run for public office again.
They didn’t all finish their terms
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John C. Calhoun was the first vice president to resign from office; he quit in 1832 to run for the Senate. It would be over 100 years until a second vice president would resign: Spiro Agnew left office in 1973 following accusations of bribery and extortion from his term as governor of Maryland. Don’t miss these other 15 fascinating facts you never learned about America.
Nixon dodged one scandal
Richard Nixon nearly lost his place on the Eisenhower ticket in 1952 amid concerns about a fund his backers had created to cover his political expenses. In a speech broadcast on still-novel “TV,” then-California Senator Nixon successfully defended himself. The address became known as the “Checkers speech” because Nixon assured listeners that he intended to keep one gift in question: a dog his children had named Checkers.
The VP is “president” of the U.S. Senate
The vice president serves as the president, or presiding officer, of the U.S. Senate. The VP can only cast a vote in the Senate to break a tie. In honor of the role, the Senate halls contain busts of every vice president. Next, learn 45 astonishing facts you never knew about U.S. presidents.