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The Vice President of the United States is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the President. As designated by the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President also serves as the President of the Senate, and may break tie votes in that chamber. The current Vice President of the United States is Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney.


[edit] Eligibility

The Vice President must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least thirty-five years of age and a resident of the U.S. for 14 years. The Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires vice presidents to meet the same eligibility requirements as presidents, and the 22nd amendment limits presidents to being elected to the presidency to only two terms (any period of service in the office of president for two years or more counts as one term). Thus, the maximum amount of years a person may serve as president is ten years (two four-year terms and one two-year term having succeeded to the presidency). Once a person is ineligible to the office of president, he or she is ineligible to the office of vice president. However, a person who has never served six or more years as president (one four-year elected term and one term less than two years having succeeded to the presidency) is eligible for an unlimited number of terms as vice president.

[edit] Oath

Unlike the President, the Constitution does not specify an oath of office for the Vice President. Several variants of the oath have been used since 1789; the current form, which is also recited by Senators, Representatives and other government officers, has been used since 1884:

I do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

[edit] Election

Under the original terms of the Constitution, the members of the U.S. Electoral College voted only for office of President rather than for both President and Vice President. Each elector was allowed to vote for two people for president. The person receiving the greatest number of votes (provided that such a number was a majority of electors) would be President, while the individual who was in second place became Vice President. If no one received a majority of votes, then the U.S. House of Representatives would choose between the five highest vote-getters, with each state getting one vote. In such a case, the person who received the highest number of votes but was not chosen President would become Vice President. If there was ever a tie for second, then the U.S. Senate would choose the Vice President.

Aaron Burr, 3rd Vice President (1801-1805)

The original plan, however, did not foresee the development of political parties. In the election of 1796, for instance, Federalist John Adams came in first, and Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson came second. Thus, the President and Vice President were from different parties. An even greater problem occurred in the election of 1800, when Democratic-Republicans Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied the vote. While it was intended that Jefferson was the Presidential contender and Burr was the Vice Presidential one, the electors did not and could not differentiate between the two under the system of the time. The plan had been for one elector to vote for Jefferson but not Burr, thus giving Burr one less vote. This plan broke down for reasons that are disputed. After 35 unsuccessful votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas Jefferson finally won on the 36th ballot and Burr became Vice President.

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John Tyler, the first to assume the Presidency following the death of the President

The tumultuous affair led to the adoption of the Twelfth amendment in 1804, which directed the electors to use separate ballots to vote for the President and Vice President. While this solved the problem at hand, it ultimately had the effect of lowering the prestige of the Vice Presidency, as the Vice President was no longer the second choice for President.

The Constitution also prohibits electors from voting for both a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate from the same state as themselves. In theory, this might deny a Vice Presidential candidate with the most electoral votes the absolute majority required to secure election, even if the Presidential candidate is elected, and place the Vice Presidential election in the hands of the Senate. In practice, this requirement is easily circumvented by having the candidate for Vice President change the state of residency as was done by Dick Cheney, who changed his legal residency from Texas to Wyoming, his original homestate, in order to run for election as Vice President alongside George W. Bush, who was then the governor of Texas.

Formally, the Vice Presidential candidate is nominated by the party convention. However, it has long been the custom that the Vice Presidential candidate has been effectively named by the Presidential candidate. Often, the Presidential candidate will name a Vice Presidential candidate to bring geographic or ideological balance to the ticket or to appeal to a particular constituency. The last presidential candidate to not name his vice presidential choice was Democrat Adlai Stevenson in 1956. Stevenson left the choice up to the convention, which chose Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver over Massachusetts Senator (and later president) John F. Kennedy.

[edit] Role of the Vice President

[edit] President of the Senate

As President of the Senate (Article I, Section 3), the Vice President oversees procedural matters and may cast a tie-breaking vote. There is a strong convention within the U.S. Senate that the Vice President not use his position as President of the Senate to influence the passage of legislation or act in a partisan manner, except in the case of breaking tie votes. As president of the Senate, John Adams cast twenty-nine tie-breaking votes—a record that no successor has ever threatened. His votes protected the president's sole authority over the removal of appointees, influenced the location of the national capital, and prevented war with Great Britain. On at least one occasion he persuaded senators to vote against legislation that he opposed, and he frequently lectured the Senate on procedural and policy matters. Adams' political views and his active role in the Senate made him a natural target for critics of the Washington administration. Toward the end of his first term, as a result of a threatened resolution that would have silenced him except for procedural and policy matters, he began to exercise more restraint in the hope of realizing the goal shared by many of his successors: election in his own right as president of the United States.

John Nance Garner, 32nd Vice President (1933-1941), characterized his role as almost worthless.

In modern times, the Vice President rarely presides over day-to-day matters in the Senate; in his place, the Senate chooses a President pro tempore (or "president for a time") to preside in the Vice President's absence, and the Senate maintains a Duty Roster for the post, normally selecting the longest serving senator in the majority party.

When the President of the United States is impeached, the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the Senate during the impeachment trial.

One duty required of President of the Senate is presiding over the counting and presentation of the votes of the U.S. Electoral College. This process occurs in the presence of both houses of Congress, on January 6 of the year following a U.S. presidential election. In this capacity, only four Vice Presidents have been able to announce their own election to the Presidency: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, and George H. W. Bush. At the beginning of 1961, it fell to Richard Nixon to preside over this process, which officially announced the election of his 1960 opponent, John F. Kennedy, and in 2001, Al Gore announced the election of his opponent, George W. Bush. Nixon found himself in the opposite position in 1969, when Vice President Hubert Humphrey announced he had lost to Nixon.

Vice President John C. Calhoun became the first Vice President to resign the office. He believed he would have more power as a Senator. He had been dropped from the ticket by President Andrew Jackson in favor of Martin Van Buren. Already a lame-duck Vice President, he was elected to the Senate by the South Carolina state legislature and resigned the vice presidency early to begin his Senate term.

[edit] Growth of the office

For much of its existence, the office of Vice President was seen as little more than a minor position. John Adams, the first Vice President, described it as "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived." Even 150 years later, 32nd Vice President John Nance Garner famously described the office as "not worth a pitcher of warm piss" (at the time reported with the bowdlerization "spit"). Thomas R. Marshall, the 28th Vice President, lamented: "Once there were two brothers. One went away to sea; the other was elected Vice President of the United States. And nothing was heard of either of them again." When the Whig Party was looking for a vice president on Zachary Taylor's ticket, they approached Daniel Webster, who said of the offer "I do not intend to be buried until I am dead." The natural stepping stone to the Presidency was long considered to be the office of Secretary of State. It has only been fairly recently that this notion has reversed; indeed, the notion was still very much alive when Harry Truman became the Vice President for Franklin Roosevelt.

For many years, the Vice President was given few responsibilities. After John Adams attended a meeting of the President's Cabinet in 1791, no Vice President did so again until Thomas Marshall stood in for President Woodrow Wilson while he traveled to Europe in 1918 and 1919. Marshall's successor, Calvin Coolidge, was invited to meetings by President Warren G. Harding. The next Vice President, Charles G. Dawes, was not invited after declaring that "the precedent might prove injurious to the country." Vice President Charles Curtis was also precluded from attending by President Herbert Hoover.

Harry Truman had been Vice President only three months when he became President; he was never informed of Franklin Roosevelt's war and postwar policies.

In 1933, Roosevelt raised the stature of the office by renewing the practice of inviting the Vice President to cabinet meetings, which has been maintained by every President since. Roosevelt's first Vice President, John Nance Garner broke with him at the start of the second term, on the Court-packing issue, and became Roosevelt's leading political enemy. Garner's successor, Henry Wallace was given major responsibilities during the war, but moved further to the left than the Democratic Party and the rest of the Roosevelt administration, and was relieved of actual power. Roosevelt kept his last Vice President, Harry Truman, uninformed on all war and postwar issues, such as the atomic bomb, leading Truman to wryly remark that the job of the Vice President is to "go to weddings and funerals". The need to keep Vice Presidents informed on national security issues became clear, and Congress made the Vice President one of four statutory members of the National Security Council in 1949.

Richard Nixon reinvented the office of Vice President. Although he had no formal power, he had the attention of the media and the Republican party. Eisenhower ordered him to preside at Cabinet meetings in his absence. Nixon demonstrated for the first time that the office could be a springboard to the White House; most Vice Presidents since have followed his lead and sought the presidency. (Nelson Rockefeller, despite his earlier seeking the Republican presidential nomination, did not, and it is widely believed that Dick Cheney will not). Nixon was the first Vice President to actually step in to run the government temporarily when Eisenhower suffered a heart attack on September 24, 1955; ileitis in June 1956; and a stroke in November 1957.

[edit] Modern role

The formal powers and role of the Vice President are limited to the Presidency of the Senate, including a casting vote in the event of a deadlock (see above). As a recent example, in the first half of 2001, the Senators were divided 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats and Dick Cheney's tie-breaking vote gave the Republicans the Senate majority. (See 107th United States Congress.)

Their other functions are as a drafter and spokesperson for the administration's policy, as an adviser to the President, as Chairman of the Board of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as a Member of the board of the Smithsonian Institution, and as a symbol of American concern or support. Their influence in this role depends almost entirely on the characteristics of the particular administration. Cheney, for instance, is widely regarded as one of George W. Bush's closest confidantes. Al Gore was an important advisor to President Bill Clinton on matters of foreign policy and the environment. Often, Vice Presidents will take harder-line stands on issues to ensure the support of the party's base while deflecting partisan criticism away from the President. They often meet heads of state or attend state funerals in other countries, at times when the administration wishes to demonstrate concern or support without sending the President.

Normally, candidates for President will name a candidate for Vice President when they are assured of the party's nomination. Since the Presidential candidate is now generally known before the party convention, this announcement is now typically made in the first day or so of the party convention. Generally, the choice of running mate is ultimately made by the Presidential candidate alone (although with considerable counsel from advisors) and often is done to create balance on a ticket. It is common for the Vice Presidential candidate to come from a different region of the country than the President or appeal to a slightly different ideological wing of the party. The 12th Amendment discourages the Vice President from legally residing in the same state as the President, as Electors must vote for at least one candidate not in the same state as themselves. However, the ease of changing one's state of residence (as Dick Cheney did in 2000) minimizes the effect of this provision.

In recent years, the Vice Presidency has frequently been used to launch bids for the Presidency. Of the 13 presidential elections from 1956 to 2004, 9 featured the incumbent President; the other 4 (1960, 1968, 1988, 2000) all featured the incumbent Vice President. Former Vice Presidents also ran, in 1984 (Walter Mondale), and in 1968 (Richard Nixon, against the incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey).

Since 1974, the official residence of the Vice President and his family has been Number One Observatory Circle, on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC.

[edit] Succession and the 25th Amendment

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President Lyndon Johnson is sworn in, following the assassination of President John Kennedy.

The U.S. Constitution provides that should the President die or become disabled while in office, the "powers and duties" of the office are transferred to the Vice President. It remained unclear whether the Vice President actually became the new President or merely Acting President. This was first tested in 1841 with the death of President William Harrison. Harrison's Vice President, John Tyler, asserted that he should gain the full Presidential office, powers, and title. Despite some strong calls against it, Tyler took the oath of office, becoming the tenth President. Tyler's claim was not challenged legally, and so the precedent of full succession was established.

The Constitution left several questions unanswered, however. If the Vice President died in office, resigned, or succeeded to the Presidency, there was no process for selecting a replacement, so the office of Vice President remained vacant until the next Presidential election. Additionally, the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22 1963 provoked the question of who has the power to declare that an incapacitated President is unable to discharge his duties. This question prompted the adoption of Amendment XXV to the U.S. Constitution in 1967.

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With Betty Ford between them, Chief Justice Warren Burger (R) swears in Vice President Gerald Ford (L) following the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Section 2 of the 25th Amendment provides that "Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress." Gerald Ford was the first Vice President selected by this method, after the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973; after succeeding to the Presidency, Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President.

Sections 3 and 4 of the amendment provides means for the Vice President to become Acting President upon the temporary disability of the President. Section 3 deals with self declared incapacity of the president, and section 4 deals with incapacity declared by the joint action of the Vice President and of a majority of the Cabinet. While section 4 has never been invoked, section 3 has been invoked twice: on July 13, 1985 when Ronald Reagan underwent surgery to remove cancerous polyps from his colon, and again on June 29, 2002 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy procedure requiring sedation. Prior to this amendment, Vice President Richard Nixon informally replaced President Dwight Eisenhower for a period of weeks on each of three occasions that Eisenhower was ill.

[edit] Vice Presidents of the United States

Prior to ratification of the 25th Amendment in 1967, no provision existed for filling a vacancy in the office of Vice President. As a result, the Vice Presidency was left vacant 16 times (sometimes for nearly four years) until the next ensuing election and inauguration -- 8 times due to the death of the sitting President, resulting in the Vice President becoming President; 7 times due to the death of the sitting Vice President, and once due to the resignation of VP John Calhoun to become a Senator. Since the adoption of the 25th Amendment, the office has been vacant twice while awaiting confirmation of the new Vice President by both houses of Congress.

# Image Name Home State Took Office Left Office Party President(s)
1 Image:JohnAdams.jpg John Adams Massachusetts April 21, 17891 March 3, 1797 Federalist Washington
2 Image:T Jefferson by Charles Willson Peale 1791 2.jpg Thomas Jefferson Virginia March 4, 1797 March 3, 1801 Democratic-Republican J. Adams
3 Image:AaronBurr-flipped.jpg Aaron Burr New York March 4, 1801 March 3, 1805 Democratic-Republican Jefferson
4 Image:George Clinton.png George Clinton New York March 4, 1805 April 20, 18122 Democratic-Republican Jefferson/Madison
Vacant April 20, 1812 March 3, 1813 Madison
5 Image:Elbridge-gerry-painting.jpg Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts March 4, 1813 November 23, 18142 Democratic-Republican Madison
Vacant November 23, 1814 March 3, 1817 Madison
6 Image:DTD.jpg Daniel D. Tompkins New York March 4, 1817 March 3, 1825 Democratic-Republican Monroe
7 Image:JohnCCalhoun.jpeg John C. Calhoun South Carolina March 4, 1825 December 28, 18323 Democratic-Republican J. Q. Adams/Jackson
Vacant December 28, 1832 March 3, 1833 Jackson
8 Image:Martin Van Buren.jpg Martin Van Buren New York March 4, 1833 March 3, 1837 Democrat Jackson
9 Image:Richard-Mentor-Johnson.jpg Richard M. Johnson Kentucky March 4, 1837 March 3, 1841 Democrat Van Buren
10 Image:John Tyler.jpg John Tyler Virginia March 4, 1841 April 6, 18414 Whig W. Harrison
Vacant April 6, 1841 March 3, 1845 Tyler
11 Image:George Mifflin Dallas.jpg George Dallas Pennsylvania March 4, 1845 March 3, 1849 Democrat Polk
12 Image:Millard Fillmore.jpg Millard Fillmore New York March 5, 1849 July 10, 18504 Whig Taylor
Vacant July 10, 1850 March 3, 1853 Fillmore
13 Image:King the Vice President.jpg William R. King Alabama March 4, 18535 April 18, 18532 Democrat Pierce
Vacant April 18, 1853 March 3, 1857 Pierce
14 Image:BreckTT.jpg John C. Breckinridge Kentucky March 4, 1857 March 3, 1861 Democrat Buchanan
15 Image:Hannibal Hamlin, photo portrait seated, c1860-65.jpg Hannibal Hamlin Maine March 4, 1861 March 3, 1865 Republican Lincoln
16 Image:President Andrew Johnson standing.jpg Andrew Johnson Tennessee March 4, 1865 April 15, 18654 Democrat Lincoln
Vacant April 15, 1865 March 3, 1869 A. Johnson
17 Image:Schuyler Colfax, photo portrait seated, c1855-1865.jpg Schuyler Colfax Indiana March 4, 1869 March 3, 1873 Republican Grant
18 Image:Henry Wilson, US Vice President, photo portrait seated.jpg Henry Wilson Massachusetts March 4, 1873 November 22, 18752 Republican Grant
Vacant November 22, 1875 March 3, 1877 Grant
19 Image:William Wheeler, photo portrait seated.jpg William A. Wheeler New York March 4, 1877 March 3, 1881 Republican Hayes
20 Image:Chester Alan Arthur.jpg Chester A. Arthur New York March 4, 1881 September 20, 18814 Republican Garfield
Vacant September 20, 1881 March 3, 1885 Arthur
21 Image:Thomas Andrews Hendricks, photo portrait seated, 1860-65.jpg Thomas Hendricks Indiana March 4, 1885 November 25, 18852 Democrat Cleveland
Vacant November 25, 1885 March 3, 1889 Cleveland
22 Image:Levi.jpg Levi P. Morton New York March 4, 1889 March 3, 1893 Republican B. Harrison
23 Image:Adlai Ewing Stevenson I head-on-shoulders.jpg Adlai E. Stevenson Illinois March 4, 1893 March 3, 1897 Democrat Cleveland
24 Image:Garret A. Hobart three-quarter length portrait.jpg Garret Hobart New Jersey March 4, 1897 November 21,18992 Republican McKinley
Vacant November 21, 1899 March 3, 1901 McKinley
25 Image:President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904.jpg Theodore Roosevelt New York March 4, 1901 September 14, 19014 Republican McKinley
Vacant September 14, 1901 March 3, 1905 T. Roosevelt
26 Image:Charles Fairbanks photo portrait seated.jpg Charles W. Fairbanks Indiana March 4, 1905 March 3, 1909 Republican T. Roosevelt
27 Image:James Sherman, Bain bw photo portrait facing left.jpg James S. Sherman New York March 4, 1909 October 30, 19122 Republican Taft
Vacant October 30, 1912 March 3, 1913 Taft
28 Image:VPthomasrmarshall.JPG Thomas R. Marshall Indiana March 4, 1913 March 3, 1921 Democrat Wilson
29 Image:Calvin Coolidge photo portrait head and shoulders.jpg Calvin Coolidge Massachusetts March 4, 1921 August 3, 19234 Republican Harding
Vacant August 3, 1923 March 3, 1925 Coolidge
30 Image:Charles Dawes, Bain bw photo portrait.jpg Charles G. Dawes Illinois March 4, 1925 March 3, 1929 Republican Coolidge
31 Image:Charles Curtis.jpg Charles Curtis Kansas March 4, 1929 March 3, 1933 Republican Hoover
32 Image:JohnNanceGarner.jpg John Nance Garner Texas March 4, 1933 January 20, 1941 Democrat F. Roosevelt
33 Image:Henry A. Wallace.jpg Henry A. Wallace Iowa January 20, 1941 January 20, 1945 Democrat F. Roosevelt
34 Image:Harry-s-truman-58-766-09.jpg Harry S. Truman Missouri January 20, 1945 April 12, 19454 Democrat F. Roosevelt
Vacant April 12, 1945 January 20, 1949 Truman
35 Image:AlbenBarkley.jpg Alben W. Barkley Kentucky January 20, 1949 January 20, 1953 Democrat Truman
36 Image:Nixon.jpg Richard M. Nixon California January 20, 1953 January 20, 1961 Republican Eisenhower
37 Image:Lbj2.jpg Lyndon B. Johnson Texas January 20, 1961 November 22, 19634 Democrat Kennedy
Vacant November 22, 1963 January 20, 1965 L. Johnson
38 Image:H Humphrey.jpg Hubert H. Humphrey II Minnesota January 20, 1965 January 20, 1969 Democrat L. Johnson
39 Image:Spiro Agnew.jpg Spiro T. Agnew Maryland January 20, 1969 October 10, 19733 Republican Nixon
Vacant October 10, 1973 December 6, 1973 Nixon
40 Image:Jerryford.jpg Gerald R. Ford Jr. Michigan December 6, 19736 August 9, 19744 Republican Nixon
Vacant August 9, 1974 December 19, 1974 Ford
41 Image:N rockefeller.jpg Nelson A. Rockefeller New York December 19, 19746 January 20, 1977 Republican Ford
42 Image:Walter Mondale.jpg Walter F. Mondale Minnesota January 20, 1977 January 20, 1981 Democrat Carter
43 Image:George H. W. Bush, President of the United States, 1989 official portrait.jpg George H. W. Bush Texas January 20, 19817 January 20, 1989 Republican Reagan
44 Image:Dan Quayle.jpg J. Danforth Quayle Indiana January 20, 1989 January 20, 1993 Republican G. H. W. Bush
45 Image:Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg Albert A. Gore Jr. Tennessee January 20, 1993 January 20, 2001 Democrat Clinton
46 Image:Richard Cheney 2005 official portrait.jpg Richard B. Cheney Wyoming January 20, 20017 Incumbent Republican G. W. Bush

[edit] Notes

1 Arriving in New York City before President-elect George Washington, Adams was sworn as Vice President nine days before the President.
2 Died in office
3 Resigned from office
4 Succeeded to Presidency upon death or resignation of President
5 The only Vice President to be sworn in outside of the United States (in Havana, Cuba), with special dispensation from Congress.
6 Became Vice President under provisions of 25th Amendment
7 Acted as President under provisions of 25th Amendment

[edit] Vice Presidential facts

Two served under two different Presidents

John C. Calhoun is the first vice president to resign from office.

Seven died in office

Two resigned

  • John C. Calhoun resigned in 1832 to take a seat in the Senate, having been chosen to fill a vacancy.
  • Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973 upon pleading no contest to charges of accepting bribes while governor of Maryland.

Two shot a man while serving as Vice President

Two were never elected to the office

Nine succeeded to the Presidency

  1. John Tyler became President when William Harrison died. Chose not to seek full term.
  2. Millard Fillmore became President when Zachary Taylor died. Chose not to seek full term. Four years later, ran and lost.
  3. Andrew Johnson became President when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Chose not to seek full term.
  4. Chester A. Arthur became President when James Garfield was assassinated. Sought a full term, but was not re-nominated.
  5. Theodore Roosevelt became President when William McKinley was assassinated; then was elected to full term. Didn't seek re-election. Four years after leaving office, ran again and lost.
  6. Calvin Coolidge became President when Warren Harding died; then was elected to full term. Did not seek re-election.
  7. Harry Truman became President when Franklin Roosevelt died; then was elected to full term. Did not seek re-election.
  8. Lyndon Johnson became President when John Kennedy was assassinated; then was elected to full term. Did not seek re-election.
  9. Gerald Ford became President when Richard Nixon resigned; then lost election to full term.

Four sitting Vice Presidents were elected President

  1. John Adams (1789-1797) was elected President in 1796.
  2. Thomas Jefferson (1797-1801) was elected President in 1800.
  3. Martin Van Buren (1833-1837) was elected President in 1836.
  4. George H. W. Bush (1981-1989) was elected President in 1988.

One non-sitting former Vice President was elected President Richard Nixon was elected President in 1968. He had been Vice President to Eisenhower from 1953 to 1961.

Nixon is also the only person to be elected as Vice President for two terms and President for two terms (although he did not complete his second term as President). Nixon being unable to serve a second full term means that as yet no one has ever served two full terms both as Vice President and then as President.

Two have been Acting President

  1. George H. W. Bush acted as President for Ronald Reagan on July 13, 1985.
  2. Dick Cheney acted as President for George W. Bush on June 29, 2002.

They officially acted as President due to presidential incapacity under the 25th Amendment.

Living former Vice Presidents

Seal of the Vice President of the United States
  1. Gerald Ford
  2. Walter Mondale
  3. George H. W. Bush
  4. Dan Quayle
  5. Al Gore

Of these, both Ford and Bush later succeeded to the Presidency. Mondale and Gore were nominated by their parties, and ran for President unsuccessfully, while Quayle was unable to get the necessary support in order to do so.

Three were named Johnson

  1. Richard Mentor Johnson
  2. Andrew Johnson
  3. Lyndon Johnson

Seven served two full terms

  1. John Adams
  2. Daniel Tompkins
  3. Thomas R. Marshall
  4. John Garner
  5. Richard Nixon
  6. George H.W. Bush
  7. Al Gore
Flag of the Vice President of the United States

[edit] Orthographic style

Vice President may also be written Vice-President or Vice president or Vice-president. Because the modern usage is Vice President, it has been used here for consistency.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] Further reading

  • Tally, Steve (1992). Bland Ambition: From Adams to Quayle--The Cranks, Criminals, Tax Cheats, and Golfers Who Made It to Vice President. Harcourt. ISBN 0-15-613140-4.
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