Elbridge Gerry Washington DC
Charles Curtis Topeka, Kansas
Henry Wallace Des Moines, Iowa
Adlai Stevenson I Bloomington, Illinios
Thomas Marshall Indianapois, Indiana
Charles Fairbanks Indianapolis, Indiana
Thomas Hendricks Indianapolis, Indiana
John C. Breckinridge Lexington, Kentucky
Richard M. Johnson Frankfort, Kentucky
Alben Barkley Paducah, Kentucky
Aaron Burr Princeton, New Jersey
Garrett Hobart Paterson, New Jersey
George M. Dallas Philidelphia, Pennsylvania
George Clinton Kingston, New York
Levi Morton Rhinebeck, New York
On this trip I would add 4 more, fairly unknown VPs to the list.
|#19 William Wheeler 1819 - 1887|
Vice President under Rutherford B. Hayes from 1877 - 1881
After 8 years of a scandal filled Grant administration, The 1876 Republican National Convention wanted canidated who were more honest and honerable. Ohio Governor Rutherford B. Hayes immerged as the Presidential canidate. And in was left to the New York delegation to pick the VP canidate. After much arguing someone, half joking said, "how about Wheeler"?
At the time William Wheeler was a little known Congressman from upstate New York who once refused a bribe from corrupt political boss Roscoe Conkling. Eventually Wheeler was chosen to balance to ticket with Hayes. When Hayes found out that Wheeler was the VP canidate he told his wife, "I was sorry to say that I didn't know who Wheeler was".
Hayes made it clear that he only wanted to serve one term, and Wheeler followed his example. After 4 uneventful years as Vice President, Wheeler retired to his Malone, NY home, where he died in 1887.
|Historical marker in front of the cemetery.|
|Wheeler family gravesite.|
|VP Wheeler and I|
|As a bonus I found Wheelers house just a few blocks away from Morningside Cemetery |
When it comes to VP gravesites, Wheeler is one of the toughest to get to. It was about 3 hours out of the way. Luckily the beautifully scenic upstate New York made for a nice drive. Malone is WAY far north, just a few miles from the Canada line. While up that way the next stop was Chester Arthurs birthplace in WAY far northern Vermont, about 2 hours away.
It would be 2 days until we hit another VP grave. After Arthur's birthplace we revisited the Coolidge historical site in Plymouth, VT. Then spent the night in the Albany, NY area. The next morning we revisited Chester Arthurs grave in Albany then headed north to Saratoga Springs to see the Grant Cottage where President Grant died. Then we headed east and hit some Franklin Pierce sites in NH before arriving at our hotel in Maine.
First stop the next morning was in Bangor, Maine at the gravesite of Abraham Lincolns first Vice President Hannibal Hamlin.
|#15 Hannibal Hamlin 1809 - 1891|
Vice President under Abraham Lincoln from 1861 - 1865
Hannibal Hamlin is probably the most well known of the 4 VPs I saw on this trip, which doesn't say much. He was Vice President at one of the most critical times in the nations history. But he is pretty insignificant in Civil War history. He is a good example of how unimportant the Vice Presidency was back then. Lincoln depended more on the likes of his cabinet members: Stanton, Seward and Chase, then his VP. Hamlin spent much of the War at his home in Maine. At one point in 1864 he joined the war effort by serving as a cook in the Coast Guard for 3 months, until he quite.
He was a Congressman and long time Senator. He was even elected Governor of Maine. He served as Governor for about 2 months, until he decided that he liked it better in the Senate. So he resigned the Governorship and resumed his term as Senator. As always the case, Hamlin was picked as Lincoln's VP canidate to balance the ticket in 1860. Lincoln dropped Hamlin from the ticket in 1864, and picked Andrew Johnson. As we know just a few weeks after Lincolns 2nd Inaguaral, he was assassinated and Johnson became President. Which means Hamlin was close to becoming President, had Lincoln picked him in 1864.
Hamlin would return to the Senate after the Civil War. And later as Minister to Spain during the Garfield administration. He died in Maine in 1891.
|Hamlin family gravesite. |
|VP Hamlin and I|
Maine was really nice. I enjoyed the drive. We left Bangor and headed south and along the coast where we hit the grave of Henry Knox, Revolutionary War General and first Sec. of War under President Washington. We continued along the coast hitting Portland Head Lighthouse and the Bush vacation home in Kennebunkport.
We then spent a couple of days in the Boston area. We saw Plymouth, Daniel Websters grave, Abigail Adams birthplace, Adams sites in Quincy, George Bush birthplace, JFK Library and the North Bridge (site of shot heard around the world which started the Revolution in Concord) the first day. The next morning we hit JFKs birthplace and started heading out of Boston, where we hit our next VP of the trip. VP Henry Wilson in Natick, Mass.
|#18 Henry Wilson 1812 - 1875|
Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant from 1873 - 1875
Henry Wilson was born Jeremiah Jones Colbath, but changed his name as a young adult to Henry Wilson because he had long been astranged from his parents. He worked his way up from poverty to eventually being a U. S. Senator.
In 1872, President Grant was running for reelection. He dropped his first VP Schuyler Colfax because he had gotten caught up in some scandals. Senator Wilson was picked to replace Colfax and the Grant Wilson ticket easily won.
Wilson was a Radical Republican and stout abolitionist. He suffered through a few ailments throughout his Vice Presidency and died in office in the U. S. Capital Building in 1875.
|Overview of the Wilson family gravesite in Dell Park Cemetery Natick, Mass.|
|To date, this remains the most unassuming of any President and Vice Presidents gravesite that I have seen.|
|A more modern marker informs you that this guy was Vice President|
|VP Wilson and I|
|#27 James S. Sherman 1855 - 1912|
Vice President under William Howard Taft from 1909 - 1912
James S. Sherman was a Conservative Congressman from New York when he was picked as William Howard Tafts running mate in the election of 1908. Which balanced the ticket nicely. Sherman was also a heavier guy, who along with Taft, remains the heaviest Major party ticket in U. S. history.
The Shermans and Tafts became pretty good friends, and Sherman became the first VP renominated in 84 years. But as the election of 1912 approached Sherman was suffering from a kidney ailment and died less then a week before the election. Taft failed to win reelection and Sherman remains the last Vice President to die in office.
|VP Shermans tomb in Forest Hill Cemetery Utica, NY|
|Best pic I could get of inside the Sherman tomb.|
|VP Sherman and I.|