Daniel Webster turned down running for Vice President because the vice president had so little to do that the men who occupied the job often didn't even come to Washington during their term.
Vice Presidents Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur and Ford all became presidents, but were not reelected to the Presidency.
John C. Calhoun is the only person to serve as vice president for two different presidents. He was vice president under John Quincy Adams and under Andrew Jackson.
Before the Twenty-fifth Amendment in 1967, there wasn't a provision for filling a vacancy in the office of Vice President. As a result, the Vice Presidency was left vacant 16 times. Sometimes it was vacant for all most four years. The office of the Vice President would stay vacant until the next election and inauguration.
This happened eight times due to the death of the sitting president, resulting in the Vice Presidents becoming President. It occurred seven times due to the death of the sitting Vice President. I was vacant once when Vice President John C. Calhoun resigned to become a senator.
Quotes about Vice Presidents:
"The person with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to do is get up in the morning and ask 'How is the president?' Will Rogers
"The most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived." John Adams.
The Presidents of the United States. 22 September 2004: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/
Davis, Gibbs and Ilus. David A. Johnson. Wackiest White House Pets. New York: Scholastic Press, October 2004
James, Barber and Amy Pastan. Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies. New York: DK Publishing, 2002
Kane, Joseph Natan. Facts about the Presidents from Washington to Johnson. New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1964.
McCullough, Noah, The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia. Random House, USA, 2006
Pine, Joslyn, Presidential Wit and Wisdom: Memorable Quotes from George Washington to Barack Obama . Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2009
Huffington Post web site.
Lang, Stephen, The Complete Book of Presidential Trivia, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, 2011
O'Reilly, Bill, and Dugard, Martin, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2011
St. George, Judith In the Line of Fire: Presidents' Lives at Stake , Scholastic Inc. New York, 2001In addition to these books, I have also read and have used information from those listed on my Books About Presidents page.
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