American Vice-Presidency in the Last Half of the Nineteenth Century

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This book is an edited compilation of first-person accounts consisting of valuable primary source material, presenting historians and students of the Gilded Age with a wealth of information with which to dissect the times and better understand the individuals who occupied the vice presidency from 1869 to 1901. The book presents a chronologically arranged assortment of letters, speeches, statements, essays, and inaugural and farewell addresses to the Senate of Vice Presidents Colfax, Wilson, Wheeler, Arthur, Hendricks, Morton, Stevenson, Hobart, and Roosevelt. Readers will find a judicious array of important information useful in various ways. Professors and teachers of history, political science, social science, and classes on the presidency may want to place the book on lists of supplementary reading or for purposes of selecting topics for written or oral assignments. This book contains 17 black and white photographs.


“Leonard Schlup and Thomas Sutton’s collection of the papers of the Vice Presidents of the Gilded Age treats a select few of whom achieved fame, others who fell into shame, a few won a brief moment of public attention, and others richly deserved obscurity in an era – roughly 1869-1901 – in which the term “mediocrity” could well be used to characterize national political leadership. And why not? Industrialization, urbanization, social reform, and new intellectual opportunities were often more attractive than often-corrupt contemporary politics.” – Dr. Douglas Steeples, Emeritus Professor of History and Dean, Mercer University

“This really is a most useful book, filled with information that cannot be found anywhere else – not within two covers, anyway. The biographical sections are brief and well written, and the excerpted materials offer remarkable insights into high level Gilded Age politics.” – Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., Special Collections Librarian, Bounds Law Library, University of Alabama

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Schuyler Colfax (March 23, 1823 – January 13, 1885) - Vice President from 1869 to 1873
Chapter 2: Henry Wilson (February 16, 1812 – November 22, 1875) - Vice President from 1873 to 1875
Chapter 3: William Almon Wheeler (June 30, 1819 – June 4, 1887) - Vice President from 1877 to 1881
Chapter 4: Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) - Vice President from 1881 to 1881
Chapter 5: Thomas Andrews Hendricks (September 7, 1819 – November 25, 1885) - Vice President from 1885 to 1885
Chapter 6: Levi Parsons Morton (May 16, 1824 – May 16, 1920) - Vice President from 1889 to 1893
Chapter 7: Adlai Ewing Stevenson (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) - Vice President from 1893 – 1897
Chapter 8: Garret Augustus Hobart (June 3, 1844 – November 21, 1899) - Vice President from 1897 to 1899
Chapter 9: Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) - Vice President from 1901 to 1901
Appendix I: Unsuccessful Party Nominees for Vice President from 1868 to 1901
Appendix II: Burial Places of the Vice Presidents
Appendix III: Wives of the Vice Presidents
Chronological Index

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