Madison had 2 VPs die in office

tjadams

Ad Honoris
Mar 2009
25,362
Texas
#2
Governors Clinton and Gerry. Both famous older northerners.
Good of you to bring up that oft overlooked Historical point.

Mr. Elbridge Gerry was a safe bet as the new vice president. He could
also use he prestige with the Northern powers in support of President Madison.
Seems his health (70) was an underlying issue when he suddenly died after only being at his position for almost two years.

Odd that Mr. Madison, who had a lifelong image of poor and frail health, would live to a ripe age of 85
and for over the next 100 years, he would be the oldest president until Herbert Hoover. Of all living or dead presidents,
only about seven have/had lived longer.

Mr. George Clinton had faithfully and loyally served his party for both President Jefferson and
then of course, President Madison until his fatal heart attack.
 
Jun 2012
142
Ohio
#3
Fun fact:
The United States has been without a Vice President for a total of 37 years and 290 days.

Clinton was famous for falling asleep in the presiding chair of the Senate, and often screwing things up when he was awake. It was said of George Clinton upon his selection for Vice President the second time around, "He is old, feeble & altogether uncapable of the duty of presiding in the Senate. He has no mind- no intellect- no memory- He forgets the question- mistakes it- & not infrequently declares a vote before its taken- & often forgets to do it after its taken." - William Plumer of New Hampshire.

Quincy Adams wrote, "Mr. Clinton is totally ignorant of all the most common forms of proceeding in the Senate... a worse choice than Mr. Clinton could scarcely have been made."

As for Elbridge Gerry, he was the same man who utterly opposed the role of Vice President at the Constitutional Convention, referring to it as distasteful. In fact, he's one of only 3 members at the Convention to refuse to sign the final document.

Charles Pinckney said of Gerry," I have never met a man of less candor and as much duplicity as Mr. Gerry."
 
Nov 2012
1,700
#4
Fun fact:
The United States has been without a Vice President for a total of 37 years and 290 days.

Clinton was famous for falling asleep in the presiding chair of the Senate, and often screwing things up when he was awake. It was said of George Clinton upon his selection for Vice President the second time around, "He is old, feeble & altogether uncapable of the duty of presiding in the Senate. He has no mind- no intellect- no memory- He forgets the question- mistakes it- & not infrequently declares a vote before its taken- & often forgets to do it after its taken." - William Plumer of New Hampshire.

Quincy Adams wrote, "Mr. Clinton is totally ignorant of all the most common forms of proceeding in the Senate... a worse choice than Mr. Clinton could scarcely have been made."

As for Elbridge Gerry, he was the same man who utterly opposed the role of Vice President at the Constitutional Convention, referring to it as distasteful. In fact, he's one of only 3 members at the Convention to refuse to sign the final document.

Charles Pinckney said of Gerry," I have never met a man of less candor and as much duplicity as Mr. Gerry."
Gerry also "invented" gerrymandering, FYI.
 

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