U.S. At War: The Man from Missouri

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What the U.S. has always liked, and usually got, is a Vice President who raises neither fuss nor feathers, who serves his term and then sinks back into comfortable anonymity. There have been some 20th-century exceptions, men like Garner and Wallace who made news while in office. But Vice Presidents are mainly remembered, when they are, for irrelevancies, like Thomas Marshall for his catch phrase: "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar."*

A Vice President's chief duty is to be there in case the President dies in office—as six in U.S....

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