Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This Day in History December 28, 1832

I did not know that a vice-president ever resigned, but on this date in 1832, John Calhoun became the first vice-president to resign.  He was President Andrew Jackson's VP, but he said that he had major political differences.  There also was a vacant South Carolina Senate seat which he desired to fill.  

He was an early proponent of states and minority rights.  He had served as Secretary of War under President James Monroe and then ran (unsuccessfully) for president in 1824.  So he was vice-president under John Quincy Adams.  And then in 1828, he continued under President Andrew Jackson.

Following his resignation, he did serve in the Senate. and he viciously fought for slavery in the South against the growing tide of abolitionism in the North.

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