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Fast Facts About Indiana's First Five U.S. VPs

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Only one president, Benjamin Harrison, hailed from Indiana. And even Harrison gets an asterisk; he was born in Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis at 21, a year after getting married. But after Friday's presidential inauguration, six vice presidents will have called the Hoosier State "home". Only New York has produced more vice presidents.

In honor of Mike Pence's big day, here are some facts about Indiana's first five VPs:

  • Schuyler Colfax, 1869 – 1873
  • Thomas Hendricks, 1885
  • Charles Fairbanks, 1905 –  1909
  • Thomas Marshall, 1913 – 1921
  • Dan Quayle, 1989 - 1993


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1. Schuyler Colfax | Midway (now Colfax), Ind. | Vice President to Ulysses S. Grant
  • Two-term Congressman and fierce opponent of slavery
  • Served as House Speaker before becoming Grant’s vice president
  • His political career ended badly – he failed to win the Republican vice presidential nomination in 1872 and his career was brought down by the Credit Mobilier bribery scandal


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2. Thomas Hendricks | Shelby County, Ind. | Vice President to Grover Cleveland, March – Nov. 1885
  • The 16th Indiana governor and the nephew of another governor, William Hendricks
  • Fell ill and died in Indianapolis 8 months into his term as vice president
  • Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery; a statue with his likeness stands on the southeast corner of the statehouse lawn


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3. Charles Fairbanks | Indianapolis | Vice President to Theodore Roosevelt, 1905-1909
  • Fairbanks tried to parlay his term as VP into a presidential run in 1908 and 1916, but failed
  • Fairbanks, Alaska is named in his honor
  • A trust fund created in his will established the Fairbanks addiction treatment hospital
  • His grandson Richard owned WIBC from 1948 – 1983


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4. Thomas Marshall | North Manchester, Ind. | Vice President to 1913 -1921
  • The first VP to actually be born in the state of Indiana
  • Marshall refused to assume the office of president in 1919 after Woodrow Wilson had a stroke
  • It’s believed that First Lady Edith Wilson ran the White House instead of Marshall until the end of Wilson’s term


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5. Dan Quayle | Indianapolis | Vice President to George H.W. Bush, 1989 - 1993
  • His career started in 1971, when he worked as investigator for the Indiana Attorney General
  • No one expected Quayle to be picked as Bush’s running mate – he was a “surprise pick”
  • Quayle endorsed Donald Trump last may after Trump won the Indiana primary
  • He paid a call to Trump Tower in November when Trump started his transition team
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