The History of Vice-Presidency Apr25

The History of Vice-Presidency

As the country waits to see who the GOP Vice-Presidential nominee will be this year,  I thought it might be enlightening to take a glimpse into the lives of the men who have served as Vice-Presidents.  The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s famous tag line was ‘I get no respect.’ The same may be said of the occupants of the office of our nation’s Second-in-Command.  Over the last 220 years, 47 men have held the office.    John Adams, our nation’s first ‘Second-in-Command,’ was quoted as saying: “I am Vice President and in this I am nothing.” John Nance Garner, who occupied the office...

Presidential Dalliances Feb05

Presidential Dalliances

After watching the January 19th South Carolina debate, I thought to myself on how many of our presidents have had dalliances of one kind or another. One can start with a young George Washington’s flirtation with a married woman, Sally Fairfax. Thomas Jefferson’s decades-long relationship with the slave Sally Hemmings, who was the half-sister of Jefferson’s deceased wife. Andrew Jackson married Rachel Donelson Robards in August of 1791. Unbeknownst to them, her divorce from Captain Lewis Robards had not been finalized. The two, eventually, went through a second wedding ceremony on January 17, 1794. This sad chapter in their...