Out of all of the US VPs who never became US Prez, which VPs do you think would have made the best Presidents?

Jun 2017
351
maine
#14
He was strongly anti-slavery, was a man of principle and strong moral convictions (for example, he opposed capital punishment). That being said, he had a reputation for working with all sides. He came from Maine (does that count for something notable?).
 
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May 2014
20,235
SoCal
#15
He was strongly anti-slavery, was a man of principle and strong moral convictions (for example, he opposed capital punishment). That being said, he had a reputation for working with all sides. He came from Maine (does that count for something notable?).
Well, it certainly sounds like he would have done a much better job with Reconstruction in comparison to that jackass Andrew Johnson. :)
 
Jun 2019
67
Chicago Suburbs
#18
Of the pre-1991 Vice Presidents with whom I'm familiar, three were definitely qualified for the presidency.
1. Elbridge Gerry (Madison's VP)
2. John C. Breckenridge (Buchanan's VP)
3. Hubert Humphrey (LBJ's VP)

Gerry had been a congressman and Governor of Massachusetts; Breckenridge had been a Senator as well as a congressman; Humphrey had been Mayor of Minneapolis and a Senator.
 
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May 2014
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#19
Of the pre-1991 Vice Presidents with whom I'm familiar, three were definitely qualified for the presidency.
1. Elbridge Gerry (Madison's VP)
2. John C. Breckenridge (Buchanan's VP)
3. Hubert Humphrey (LBJ's VP)

Gerry had been a congressman and Governor of Massachusetts; Breckenridge had been a Senator as well as a congressman; Humphrey had been Mayor of Minneapolis and a Senator.
Breckenridge, while qualified, wasn't exactly my kind of President; he was pro-slavery--and vehemently so.

What's Gerry notable for other than the gerrymander?
 
Jun 2019
67
Chicago Suburbs
#20
What's Gerry notable for other than the gerrymander?
He was a Massachusetts revolutionary who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Through his European business contacts he was instrumental in funding and arming the Continental Army during the Revolution. He also equipped, at his own expense, privateers to harass the British navy. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention but refused to sign the final product because it did not include a bill of rights. He was part of the US delegation to France that the French attempted to bribe in the XYZ affair, and his were among the dispatches to the US government that exposed the affair. He supported Alexander Hamilton's economic policies but was for a more limited government (especially the executive branch) than his fellow Federalists and switched to the Democratic-Republican party. He was noted for his uprightness and personal integrity.
 
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