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Ch 4: 19th Century American Vice Presidents

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Learn more about the American Vice Presidents of the 19th century with the helpful lessons provided in this engaging chapter. By reviewing our mobile-friendly learning tools, you'll know all about these historical figures so you can get caught up in class or finish your homework.

19th Century American Vice Presidents - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review the U.S. vice presidents of the 19th century, their lives, what they're known for and some of the important events that occurred during their terms. Our mobile-friendly lessons are accessible 24 hours a day and allow you to go back and review the material as many times as you need to. Each lesson is followed by a helpful multiple-choice quiz you can use to prepare for a test or just catch up on missed class time. This chapter is designed to help you:

  • Describe the Aaron Burr's accomplishments, family, role in the Revolutionary War, and conspiracy
  • Explain Alexander Hamilton's relationship with Aaron Burr and Elbridge Gerry
  • Outline the lives of George Clinton and Daniel D. Tompkins
  • Identify Elbridge Gerry's role in the Constitutional Convention and in gerrymandering
  • Explain the relationship between John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay
  • Describe John C. Calhoun's thoughts on slavery and the Compromise of 1850
  • Outline the vice presidencies of Martin van Buren, Richard Mentor Johnson and George M. Dallas
  • Examine the service of John C. Breckenridge through his quotes and by looking at his role in the election of 1860 and in the Civil War
  • Explain the lives of William R. King, Hannibal Hamlin and Schuyler Colfax
  • Describe the events surrounding Henry Wilson and Garret Hobart's deaths
  • Give some facts about William A. Wheeler

29 Lessons in Chapter 4: 19th Century American Vice Presidents
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Aaron Burr, Vice President: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

1. Aaron Burr, Vice President: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

In this lesson we will explore the vice presidency of Aaron Burr. While we will highlight some background information briefly, our real focus will be on the central events and themes surrounding his vice presidential administration.

What was the Aaron Burr Conspiracy?

2. What was the Aaron Burr Conspiracy?

In this lesson, we will examine the historical context surrounding Burr's alleged plot to take over a portion of the United States, and we will highlight key figures, themes, and developments associated with it.

Aaron Burr & the Revolutionary War

3. Aaron Burr & the Revolutionary War

In this lesson we will learn about the role Aaron Burr played in the Revolutionary War. We will highlight the important battles and campaigns in which he participated, and we will explore his actions as a Continental officer.

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

4. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

In this lesson, we'll learn about the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. We'll learn why these two men disliked one another, and we'll explore the context and background that led to their famous pistol duel.

Aaron Burr Sr.: Biography, Facts & Family

5. Aaron Burr Sr.: Biography, Facts & Family

In this lesson, you'll learn about Aaron Burr, Senior, the father of Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States. We will highlight key information surrounding his life, including his religious affiliation and his role as a co-founder and president of the College of New Jersey.

George Clinton, Vice President: Biography & Quotes

6. George Clinton, Vice President: Biography & Quotes

The fourth vice-president of the United States -- George Clinton -- had a long career in politics. He is considered one of the founding fathers and was the first vice-president to die in office. What did he accomplish in his long career? Read on to learn more.

Elbridge Gerry: The Constitutional Convention & Slavery

7. Elbridge Gerry: The Constitutional Convention & Slavery

The Framers of the Constitution debated the issue of slavery many times during the Constitutional Convention. This lesson will cover Elbridge Gerry, the Constitutional Convention, and how both dealt with the issue of slavery in 1787.

Elbridge Gerry and Alexander Hamilton

8. Elbridge Gerry and Alexander Hamilton

The generation of early Americans who helped to shape the framework of our government gave rise to a host of interesting characters. In this lesson we will discuss two of the most intriguing figures from this period, Elbridge Gerry and Alexander Hamilton.

Elbridge Gerry & Gerrymandering

9. Elbridge Gerry & Gerrymandering

In this lesson, you will learn about Elbridge Gerry, a Founding Father of the U.S. who's is best known as the namesake for the term gerrymandering. First, you will learn about Elbridge Gerry and his political career. Then we will look at the political background leading up to the origin of gerrymandering. Then, we will see how the term was created, and how gerrymandering is still a part of American politics today.

Daniel D. Tompkins, Vice President: Biography & Facts

10. Daniel D. Tompkins, Vice President: Biography & Facts

In this lesson we will take a look at of one of the 19th centuries' little known Vice Presidents, Daniel D. Tompkins. We will cover his life and some of the interesting facts on his road to the executive branch, and the events surrounding his death.

John C. Calhoun & Henry Clay

11. John C. Calhoun & Henry Clay

Two titans of American 19th century politics, John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay, shaped the United States with their opposing views. In this lesson, we will learn how Calhoun and Clay debated the most volatile issues of the day.

John C. Calhoun & the Compromise of 1850

12. John C. Calhoun & the Compromise of 1850

John C. Calhoun was a U.S. politician who championed the rights of southern states and defended the institution of slavery. In this lesson, we will learn how the sick and dying Calhoun participated in the debate leading up the Compromise of 1850.

John C. Calhoun & Slavery: Views, Facts & Quotes

13. John C. Calhoun & Slavery: Views, Facts & Quotes

John C. Calhoun was a statesman in American politics in the era leading up to the American Civil War. In this lesson, learn about Calhoun's political and personal views on slavery and how he justified slavery as a cornerstone of Southern society.

The Vice Presidency of Martin Van Buren

14. The Vice Presidency of Martin Van Buren

Anyone looking for information on influential politicians of the antebellum era in American History would find great source material in this lesson. This lesson will discuss the vice presidency of political power player Martin Van Buren.

Richard Mentor Johnson, Vice President: Biography & Facts

15. Richard Mentor Johnson, Vice President: Biography & Facts

In this lesson, we will cover the life of Vice President Richard Mentor Johnson, a war hero whose political aspirations were undone by his personal life. Anyone interested in 19th century American history will find this lesson useful.

Vice President George M. Dallas: Biography & Facts

16. Vice President George M. Dallas: Biography & Facts

Anyone interested in learning more about U.S. history, and its long list of Vice Presidents would love this lesson. This lesson will cover the life of 19th century vice president, George Mifflin Dallas of Pennslyvania.

Who Was John C. Breckinridge? - Biography & Quotes

17. Who Was John C. Breckinridge? - Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, you will learn about John C. Breckinridge, the youngest vice-president in the history of the United States, and the second vice-president accused of treason. You will also learn about his support for slavery and the Confederacy.

Major General John C. Breckinridge & the Civil War

18. Major General John C. Breckinridge & the Civil War

In this lesson we will learn about John C. Breckinridge's military career in the Confederacy. We will also discuss his participation in the Confederate government, and his exile after the war.

Vice President John Breckinridge & the Election of 1860

19. Vice President John Breckinridge & the Election of 1860

In this lesson, you will learn about the youngest vice president in the history of the United States, John C. Breckinridge. You will also learn about his position on slavery, secession, and how it affected the outcome of the election of 1860.

William R. King: Biography & Vice Presidency

20. William R. King: Biography & Vice Presidency

This lesson is for anyone who is interested in antebellum U.S. History. In this lesson, we will cover the life and times of William Rufus King, statesman and Vice President.

Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President: Biography & Facts

21. Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President: Biography & Facts

This lesson explores the life and adventures of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, an ardent abolitionist, and a man of principle and conviction. We will learn about his early life and influences and some of his controversial stands which brought him into conflict with some of the most important men of the time.

Schuyler Colfax, Vice President: Biography & Facts

22. Schuyler Colfax, Vice President: Biography & Facts

In this lesson we will cover Vice Presidential history in the 19th century. This lesson will discuss the life and interesting facts regarding Vice President Schuyler Colfax.

Vice President Henry Wilson: Biography & Death

23. Vice President Henry Wilson: Biography & Death

Those who are in search of profiles on 19th century figures in American History would find great information in this lesson. This lesson will detail the life of Vice President Henry Wilson, statesman and abolitionist of Massachusetts.

William A. Wheeler: Biography, Facts & Quotes

24. William A. Wheeler: Biography, Facts & Quotes

You've probably never heard of William A. Wheeler, but he was a politician of high moral character who served as the 19th Vice President of the United States. Read on to find out more.

Vice President Garret Hobart: Biography & Death

25. Vice President Garret Hobart: Biography & Death

Any teacher or student of U.S. History in search of information for quick reference on Vice Presidential history will find this lesson beneficial. The following lesson covers the life and death of Vice President Garret Hobart.

Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks: Biography & Family Tree

26. Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks: Biography & Family Tree

In this lesson you will learn about vice-president Thomas A. Hendricks, the 21st vice-president of the United States under President Grover Cleveland.

Vice President Levi P. Morton: Biography & Facts

27. Vice President Levi P. Morton: Biography & Facts

Anyone in search of information on figures in Gilded Age politics would find tons of information in this lesson. The lesson will cover the life of businessman, vice president, and governor Levi Parsons Morton.

Vice President Adlai Stevenson: Biography, Facts & Quotes

28. Vice President Adlai Stevenson: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Those in search of information about 19th century American politicians would love this lesson. This lesson will cover the life of Vice President Adlai Ewing Stevenson, the elder.

The Vice Presidency of Andrew Johnson

29. The Vice Presidency of Andrew Johnson

Former President Andrew Johnson fell into the job after President Lincoln was shot and killed in 1865. In this lesson, let's take a look at his 42-day rocky vice presidency that preceded this.

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