This week’s Vice-President is: Levi P. Morton!
Born:May 16, 1824
Died: May 16, 1920
Vice-President #: 22
Under: Benjamin Harrison
Dates: March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893.
Fun Facts: Presidential Candidate, James Garfield, asked Morton, a successful New York Banker, to be his Vice-President in 1880 but Morton turned him down because he wanted to be Minister to France. If he had joined Garfield’s ticket, he would have been the 21st President after Garfield was assassinated. Even more interesting, Charles Guiteau, Garfield’s assassinator, reportedly killed Garfield because he was angry for being passed over for the Minister to France post! Morton lived until he was 96, which makes him the second longest living Vice-President, second only to the illustrious John Nance Garner.
Note: I always thought the history of Vice-Presidents in our country was mysterious and under-explored. Every Wednesday, we’ll feature a new Vice-president until we’ve covered them all. Feel free to add interesting facts about these people if you feel inclined to do so.