DEAD VICE PRESIDENTS

            There are 48 vice presidents in the history of our country (more than presidents). Of those 48, seven current and former vice presidents are still alive; Walter Mondale, George H. W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and our current vice president, Mike Pence. Of the six vice presidents, George H. W. Bush is the oldest and Mike Pence is the youngest. Fourteen U. S. Vice Presidents became President. Five were elected in their own right; four inherited the office through the natural death of the incumbent, four by assassination and one by resignation.

VP flag            Some have said it was a bad job and couldn't wait to get out of it. Others would do anything to get it. Vice-Presidents get their own seal and their own flag plus free use of Air Force One when the big guy is not using it.

            In this page, I have included the 41 vice-presidents who are no longer with us. Unlike dead presidents, they are much more spread out throughout the country, covering 19 states. They are as far south as Selma. Alabama and as far north as Bangor, Maine. They are in Minneapolis, Minnesota and out west in California. This page has only those who did not go on to become president. If you want one of the vice-presidents who did get to the Oval Office (they are in italics), click on his name and it will take you to the DPOTUS page. To get back, you will have to hit the return key. The boxes in dark blue are included. The ones in light blue are on the "To Get List".

VP seal            So far, I have 37 Dead Vice-Presidents. I got James Schoolcraft Sherman in August of 2003 on a trip to upstate New York. In 2005, on a trip through the Midwest with my wife Debbie, I picked up six more; Schuyler Colfax, Thomas Hendricks, Charles Fairbanks and Thomas Marshall in Indiana and Adlai Stevenson and Charles Dawes in Illinois.

            Of the 36 that I have, 17 were only vice-presidents. As you can see, I have almost 90% of them. My trip to Indiana had a big payoff. That is where most of the Dead Vice-Presidents are (four). In fact, there are three DVP's in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis (along with President Benjamin Harrison). Debbie and I got them all in one afternoon.

            On a pleasant afternoon in May of 2006, Debbie and I drove up the Hudson River valley to Rhinebeck, New York. While we were there, we visited Levi Morton's grave, my 23rd dead vice president. In July of 2006, Debbie and I spent a weekend in Boston. We stayed in Natick, Massachusetts which enabled us to visit Henry Wilson's grave, my 24th dead vice president.

            In March of 2008, my wife and I visited the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and while we were there, went to Greensville and visited the grave of Andrew Johnson, my 30th dead president and 25th dead vice president. In 2010, we went to Texas to get LBJ who was also a VP becoming my 26th dead VP.

            In July of 2010, Debbie and I visited Los Angeles. We visited the presidential libraries of Nixon and Reagan. With Richard M. Nixon, I have 27

            On August 30, 2010, Debbie and I drove down to Baltimore to see a Red Sox game in Camden Yards. Unfortunately, the Sox lost to the Os 5-2. On our trip back, we went a bit out of our way to get Spiro Agnew, who became Dead VP number 28.

In August of 2014, Debbie and I took a road trip around the Great Lakes. While in Michigan, we stopped at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and Ford became VP number 29. A week later, we were in St. Paul, Minnesota and visited number 30, Hubert H. Humphrey.

In July of 2015, Debbie and I took a road trip through West Virginia and Kentucky. One day in Kentucky, we got two vice presidents, Richard M. Johnson and John C. Breckinridge. This gave me 32.

In July of 2016, Debbie and I took a long road trip out through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. While in Independence, Missouri, we stopped at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Truman became VP number 34. Two days later, while in Topeka, Kansas, we stopped for number 35, Charles Curtis.

In July of 2017, Debbie and I took a road trip up though Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick and back though Maine. On the way north, we stopped in Malone, NY and got number 36, William Wheeler. While in Maine, we stopped in Bangor and got number 37, Hannibal Hamlin.

The one that will be tough is Nelson Rockefeller. He is buried in a private cemetery that is not open to the public. Ive been to the gate so does that count as half?

 

Who will be number 38?


 

John Adams

Hannibal Hamlin

Calvin Coolidge

Thomas Jefferson

Andrew Johnson

Charles Dawes

Aaron Burr

Schuyler Colfax

Charles Curtis

George Clinton

Henry Wilson

John N. Garner

Elbridge Gerry

William A. Wheeler

Henry Wallace

Daniel Tompkins

Chester Arthur

Harry S. Truman

John C. Calhoun

Thomas Hendricks

Alben Barkley

Martin Van Buren

Levi P. Morton

Richard M. Nixon

Richard M. Johnson

Adlai Stevenson

Lyndon B. Johnson

John Tyler

Garret Hobart

Hubert Humphrey

George Dallas

Theodore Roosevelt

Spiro Agnew

Millard Fillmore

Charles Fairbanks

Gerald R. Ford

William R. King

James S. Sherman

 Nelson Rockefeller

John C. Breckinridge

Thomas Marshall

 

Dead Vice President Count

 

Have                   Need

37      5

 

 

 

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