THE VICE PRESIDENCY: Let Dick Do It

THE VICE PRESIDENCY Let Dick Do It John Adams, the first Vice President of the U.S., was sure he occupied "the most insignificant office that ever invention of man contrived." When Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for the post in 1900, he wrote that he had been "forced to take the veil." Woodrow Wilson's two-term Vice President, Thomas Riley Marshall ("What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar"), often told a story about two brothers: one was elected Vice President, the other ran away to sea; neither was ever heard of again.

Richard Milhous Nixon, the 36th Vice President of the...

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