Living vice presidents of the United States

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This article shows the variation in the number of living vice presidents of the United States from the inauguration of the first vice president of the United States in 1789 until the present. The following table includes all persons who have taken the vice presidential oath of office. Currently, in addition to the incumbent, Mike Pence, there are five living former vice presidents: Walter Mondale (1977–1981), Dan Quayle (1989–1993), Al Gore (1993–2001), Dick Cheney (2001–2009), and Joe Biden (2009–2017).

Timeline[edit]

Number of vice presidents alive at each moment in United States history:

Numbered boxes denote the order of vice presidency (linked to person)
+  denotes increase and    denotes decrease.
Starting and ending events # Living vice presidents Timespan
From: Apr 21, 1789 · 1st VP inauguration of John Adams
To: Mar 4, 1797 · VP inauguration of Thomas Jefferson
+   1  
+   2  
1:   1   7 years, 317 days
From: Mar 4, 1797 · VP inauguration of Thomas Jefferson
To: Mar 4, 1801 · VP inauguration of Aaron Burr
+   2  
+   3  
2:   2     1   4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1801 · VP inauguration of Aaron Burr
To: Mar 4, 1805 · 1st VP inauguration of George Clinton
+   3  
+   4  
3:   3     2     1   4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1805 · 1st VP inauguration of George Clinton
To: Apr 20, 1812 · Death of George Clinton
+   4  
  4  
4:   4     3     2     1   7 years, 47 days
From: Apr 20, 1812 · Death of George Clinton
To: Mar 4, 1813 · VP inauguration of Elbridge Gerry
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
  4  
+   5  
3:   3     2     1   318 days
From: Mar 4, 1813 · VP inauguration of Elbridge Gerry
To: Nov 23, 1814 · Death of Elbridge Gerry
+   5  
  5  
4:   5     3     2     1   1 year, 264 days
From: Nov 23, 1814 · Death of Elbridge Gerry
To: Mar 4, 1817 · 1st VP inauguration of Daniel D. Tompkins
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
  5  
+   6  
3:   3     2     1   2 years, 101 days
From: Mar 4, 1817 · 1st VP inauguration of Daniel D. Tompkins
To: Mar 4, 1825 · 1st VP inauguration of John C. Calhoun
+   6  
+   7  
4:   6     3     2     1   8 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1825 · 1st VP inauguration of John C. Calhoun
To: Jun 17, 1825 · Death of Daniel D. Tompkins
+   7  
  6  
5:   7     6     3     2     1   105 days
From: Jun 17, 1825 · Death of Daniel D. Tompkins
To: Jul 4, 1826 · Death of Thomas Jefferson
  6  
  2  
4:   7     3     2     1   1 year, 17 days
From: Jul 4, 1826 · Death of Thomas Jefferson
To: Jul 4, 1826 · Death of John Adams
  2  
  1  
3:   7     3     1   0 days
(5½ hours)
From: Jul 4, 1826 · Death of John Adams
To: Mar 4, 1833 · VP inauguration of Martin Van Buren
  1  
+   8  
2:   7     3   6 years, 243 days
From: Mar 4, 1833 · VP inauguration of Martin Van Buren
To: Sep 14, 1836 · Death of Aaron Burr
+   8  
  3  
3:   8     7     3   3 years, 194 days
From: Sep 14, 1836 · Death of Aaron Burr
To: Mar 4, 1837 · VP inauguration of Richard Mentor Johnson
  3  
+   9  
2:   8     7   171 days
From: Mar 4, 1837 · VP inauguration of Richard Mentor Johnson
To: Mar 4, 1841 · VP inauguration of John Tyler
+   9  
+  10 
3:   9     8     7   4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1841 · VP inauguration of John Tyler
To: Mar 4, 1845 · VP inauguration of George M. Dallas
+  10 
+  11 
4:  10    9     8     7   4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1845 · VP inauguration of George M. Dallas
To: Mar 4, 1849 · VP inauguration of Millard Fillmore
+  11 
+  12 
5:  11   10    9     8     7   4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1849 · VP inauguration of Millard Fillmore
To: Mar 31, 1850 · Death of John C. Calhoun
+  12 
  7  
6:  12   11   10    9     8  
      7  
1 year, 27 days
From: Mar 31, 1850 · Death of John C. Calhoun
To: Nov 19, 1850 · Death of Richard Mentor Johnson
  7  
  9  
5:  12   11   10    9     8   233 days
From: Nov 19, 1850 · Death of Richard Mentor Johnson
To: Mar 4, 1853 · VP inauguration of William R. King
  9  
+  13 
4:  12   11   10    8   2 years, 105 days
From: Mar 4, 1853 · VP inauguration of William R. King
To: Apr 18, 1853 · Death of William R. King
+  13 
 13 
5:  13   12   11   10    8   45 days
From: Apr 18, 1853 · Death of William R. King
To: Mar 4, 1857 · VP inauguration of John C. Breckinridge
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 13 
+  14 
4:  12   11   10    8   3 years, 320 days
From: Mar 4, 1857 · VP inauguration of John C. Breckinridge
To: Mar 4, 1861 · VP inauguration of Hannibal Hamlin
+  14 
+  15 
5:  14   12   11   10    8   4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1861 · VP inauguration of Hannibal Hamlin
To: Jan 18, 1862 · Death of John Tyler
+  15 
 10 
6:  15   14   12   11   10 
      8  
320 days
From: Jan 18, 1862 · Death of John Tyler
To: Jul 24, 1862 · Death of Martin Van Buren
 10 
  8  
5:  15   14   12   11    8   187 days
From: Jul 24, 1862 · Death of Martin Van Buren
To: Dec 31, 1864 · Death of George M. Dallas
  8  
 11 
4:  15   14   12   11  2 years, 160 days
From: Dec 31, 1864 · Death of George M. Dallas
To: Mar 4, 1861 · VP inauguration of Andrew Johnson
 11 
+  16 
3:  15   14   12  63 days
From: Mar 4, 1865 · VP inauguration of Andrew Johnson
To: Mar 4, 1869 · VP inauguration of Schuyler Colfax
+  16 
+  17 
4:  16   15   14   12  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1869 · VP inauguration of Schuyler Colfax
To: Mar 4, 1873 · VP inauguration of Henry Wilson
+  17 
+  18 
5:  17   16   15   14   12  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1873 · VP inauguration of Henry Wilson
To: Mar 8, 1874 · Death of Millard Fillmore
+  18 
 12 
6:  18   17   16   15   14 
     12 
1 year, 4 days
From: Mar 8, 1874 · Death of Millard Fillmore
To: May 17, 1875 · Death of John C. Breckinridge
 12 
 14 
5:  18   17   16   15   14  1 year, 70 days
From: May 17, 1875 · Death of John C. Breckinridge
To: Jul 31, 1875 · Death of Andrew Johnson
 14 
 16 
4:  18   17   16   15  75 days
From: Jul 31, 1875 · Death of Andrew Johnson
To: Nov 22, 1875 · Death of Henry Wilson
 16 
 18 
3:  18   17   15  114 days
From: Nov 22, 1875 · Death of Henry Wilson
To: Mar 4, 1877 · VP inauguration of William A. Wheeler
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 18 
+  19 
2:  17   15  1 year, 102 days
From: Mar 4, 1877 · VP inauguration of William A. Wheeler
To: Mar 4, 1881 · VP inauguration of Chester A. Arthur
+  19 
+  20 
3:  19   17   15  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1881 · VP inauguration of Chester A. Arthur
To: Jan 13, 1885 · Death of Schuyler Colfax
+  20 
 17 
4:  20   19   17   15  3 years, 315 days
From: Jan 13, 1885 · Death of Schuyler Colfax
To: Mar 4, 1885 · VP inauguration of Thomas A. Hendricks
 17 
+  21 
3:  20   19   15  50 days
From: Mar 4, 1885 · VP inauguration of Thomas A. Hendricks
To: Nov 25, 1885 · Death of Thomas A. Hendricks
+  21 
 21 
4:  21   20   19   15  266 days
From: Nov 25, 1885 · Death of Thomas A. Hendricks
To: Nov 18, 1886 · Death of Chester A. Arthur
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 21 
 20 
3:  20   19   15  358 days
From: Nov 18, 1886 · Death of Chester A. Arthur
To: Jun 4, 1887 · Death of William A. Wheeler
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 20 
 19 
2:  19   15  198 days
From: Jun 4, 1887 · Death of William A. Wheeler
To: Mar 4, 1889 · VP inauguration of Levi P. Morton
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 19 
+  22 
1:  15  1 year, 273 days
From: Mar 4, 1889 · VP inauguration of Levi P. Morton
To: Jul 4, 1891 · Death of Hannibal Hamlin
+  22 
 15 
2:  22   15  2 years, 122 days
From: Jul 4, 1891 · Death of Hannibal Hamlin
To: Mar 4, 1893 · VP inauguration of Adlai Stevenson I
 15 
+  23 
1:  22  1 year, 243 days
From: Mar 4, 1893 · VP inauguration of Adlai Stevenson I
To: Mar 4, 1897 · Garret Hobart
+  23 
+  24 
2:  23   22  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1897 · VP inauguration of Garret Hobart
To: Nov 21, 1899 · Death of Garret Hobart
+  24 
 24 
3:  24   23   22  2 years, 262 days
From: Nov 21, 1899 · Death of Garret Hobart
To: Mar 4, 1901 · VP inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 24 
+  25 
2:  23   22  1 year, 103 days
From: Mar 4, 1901 · VP inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt
To: Mar 4, 1905 · VP inauguration of Charles W. Fairbanks
+  25 
+  26 
3:  25   23   22  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1905 · VP inauguration of Charles W. Fairbanks
To: Mar 4, 1909 · VP inauguration of James S. Sherman
+  26 
+  27 
4:  26   25   23   22  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1909 · VP inauguration of James S. Sherman
To: Oct 30, 1912 · Death of James S. Sherman
+  27 
 27 
5:  27   26   25   23   22  3 years, 240 days
From: Oct 30, 1912 · Death of James S. Sherman
To: Mar 4, 1913 · 1st VP inauguration of Thomas R. Marshall
     (Vice presidency vacant throughout)
 27 
+  28 
4:  26   25   23   22  125 days
From: Mar 4, 1913 · 1st VP inauguration of Thomas R. Marshall
To: Jun 14, 1914 · Death of Adlai Stevenson I
+  28 
 23 
5:  28   26   25   23   22  1 year, 102 days
From: Jun 14, 1914 · Death of Adlai Stevenson I
To: Jun 4, 1918 · Charles W. Fairbanks
 23 
 26 
4:  28   26   25   22  3 years, 355 days
From: Jun 4, 1918 · Death of Charles W. Fairbanks
To: Jan 5, 1919 · Death of Theodore Roosevelt
 26 
 25 
3:  28   25   22  215 days
From: Jan 5, 1919 · Death of Theodore Roosevelt
To: May 16, 1920 · Death of Levi P. Morton
 25 
 22 
2:  28   22  1 year, 132 days
From: May 16, 1920 · Death of Levi P. Morton
To: Mar 4, 1921 · VP inauguration of Calvin Coolidge
 22 
+  29 
1:  28  292 days
From: Mar 4, 1921 · VP inauguration of Calvin Coolidge
To: Mar 4, 1925 · VP inauguration of Charles G. Dawes
+  29 
+  30 
2:  29   28  4 years, 0 days
From: Mar 4, 1925 · VP inauguration of Charles G. Dawes
To: Jun 1, 1925 · Death of Thomas R. Marshall
+  30 
 28 
3:  30   29   28  89 days
From: Jun 1, 1925 · Death of Thomas R. Marshall
To: Mar 4, 1929 · VP inauguration of Charles Curtis
 28 
+  31 
2:  30   29  3 years, 276 days
From: Mar 4, 1929 · VP inauguration of Charles Curtis
To: Jan 5, 1933 · Death of Calvin Coolidge
+  31 
 29 
3:  31   30   29  3 years, 277 days
From: Jan 5, 1933 · Death of Calvin Coolidge
To: Mar 4, 1933 · 1st VP inauguration of John Nance Garner
 29 
+  32 
2:  31   30  58 days
From: Mar 4, 1933 · 1st VP inauguration of John Nance Garner
To: Feb 8, 1936 · Death of Charles Curtis
+  32 
 31 
3:  32   31   30  2 years, 341 days
From: Feb 8, 1936 · Death of Charles Curtis
To: Jan 20, 1941 · VP inauguration of Henry A. Wallace
 31 
+  33 
2:  32   30  4 years, 347 days
From: Jan 20, 1941 · VP inauguration of Henry A. Wallace
To: Jan 20, 1945 · VP inauguration of Harry S. Truman
+  33 
+  34 
3:  33   32   30  4 years, 0 days
From: Jan 20, 1945 · VP inauguration of Harry S. Truman
To: Jan 20, 1949 · VP inauguration of Alben W. Barkley
+  34 
+  35 
4:  34   33   32   30  4 years, 0 days
From: Jan 20, 1949 · VP inauguration of Alben W. Barkley
To: Apr 23, 1951 · Death of Charles G. Dawes
+  35 
 30 
5:  35   34   33   32   30  2 years, 93 days
From: Apr 23, 1951 · Death of Charles G. Dawes
To: Jan 20, 1953 · 1st VP inauguration of Richard Nixon
 30 
+  36 
4:  35   34   33   32  1 year, 272 days
From: Jan 20, 1953 · 1st VP inauguration of Richard Nixon
To: Apr 30, 1956 · Death of Alben W. Barkley
+  36 
 35 
5:  36   35   34   33   32  3 years, 101 days
From: Apr 30, 1956 · Death of Alben W. Barkley
To: Jan 20, 1961 · VP inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson
 35 
+  37 
4:  36   34   33   32  4 years, 265 days
From: Jan 20, 1961 · VP inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson
To: Jan 20, 1965 · VP inauguration of Hubert Humphrey
+  37 
+  38 
5:  37   36   34   33   32  4 years, 0 days
From: Jan 20, 1965 · VP inauguration of Hubert Humphrey
To: Nov 18, 1965 · Death of Henry A. Wallace
+  38 
 33 
6:  38   37   36   34   33 
     32 
302 days
From: Nov 18, 1965 · Death of Henry A. Wallace
To: Nov 7, 1967 · Death of John Nance Garner
 33 
 32 
5:  38   37   36   34   32  1 year, 354 days
From: Nov 7, 1967 · Death of John Nance Garner
To: Jan 20, 1969 · 1st VP inauguration of Spiro Agnew
 32 
+  39 
4:  38   37   36   34  1 year, 74 days
From: Jan 20, 1969 · 1st VP inauguration of Spiro Agnew
To: Dec 26, 1972 · Death of Harry S. Truman
+  39 
 34 
5:  39   38   37   36   34  3 years, 341 days
From: Dec 26, 1972 · Death of Harry S. Truman
To: Jan 22, 1973 · Death of Lyndon B. Johnson
 34 
 37 
4:  39   38   37   36  27 days
From: Jan 22, 1973 · Death of Lyndon B. Johnson
To: Dec 6, 1973 · Confirmation of Gerald Ford as VP
 37 
+  40 
3:  39   38   36  318 days
From: Dec 6, 1973 · Confirmation of Gerald Ford as VP
To: Dec 19, 1974 · Confirmation of Nelson Rockefeller as VP
+  40 
+  41 
4:  40   39   38   36  1 year, 13 days
From: Dec 19, 1974 · Confirmation of Nelson Rockefeller as VP
To: Jan 20, 1977 · VP inauguration of Walter Mondale
+  41 
+  42 
5:  41   40   39   38   36  2 years, 32 days
From: Jan 20, 1977 · VP inauguration of Walter Mondale
To: Jan 13, 1978 · Death of Hubert Humphrey
+  42 
 38 
6:  42   41   40   39   38 
     36 
358 days
From: Jan 13, 1978 · Death of Hubert Humphrey
To: Jan 26, 1979 · Death of Nelson Rockefeller
 38 
 41 
5:  42   41   40   39   36  1 year, 13 days
From: Jan 26, 1979 · Death of Nelson Rockefeller
To: Jan 20, 1981 · 1st VP inauguration of George H. W. Bush
 41 
+  43 
4:  42   40   39   36  1 year, 360 days
From: Jan 20, 1981 · 1st VP inauguration of George H. W. Bush
To: Jan 20, 1989 · VP inauguration of Dan Quayle
+  43 
+  44 
5:  43   42   40   39   36  8 years, 0 days
From: Jan 20, 1989 · VP inauguration of Dan Quayle
To: Jan 20, 1993 · 1st VP inauguration of Al Gore
+  44 
+  45 
6:  44   43   42   40   39 
     36 
4 years, 0 days
From: Jan 20, 1993 · 1st VP inauguration of Al Gore
To: Apr 22, 1994 · Death of Richard Nixon
+  45 
 36 
7:  45   44   43   42   40 
     39   36 
1 year, 92 days
From: Apr 22, 1994 · Death of Richard Nixon
To: Sep 17, 1996 · Death of Spiro Agnew
 36 
 39 
6:  45   44   43   42   40 
     39 
2 years, 148 days
From: Sep 17, 1996 · Death of Spiro Agnew
To: Jan 20, 2001 · 1st VP inauguration of Dick Cheney
 39 
+  46 
5:  45   44   43   42   40  4 years, 125 days
From: Jan 20, 2001 · 1st VP inauguration of Dick Cheney
To: Dec 26, 2006 · Death of Gerald Ford
+  46 
 40 
6:  46   45   44   43   42 
     40 
5 years, 340 days
From: Dec 26, 2006 · Death of Gerald Ford
To: Jan 20, 2009 · 1st VP inauguration of Joe Biden
 40 
+  47 
5:  46   45   44   43   42  2 years, 25 days
From: Jan 20, 2009 · 1st VP inauguration of Joe Biden
To: Jan 20, 2017 · VP inauguration of Mike Pence
+  47 
+  48 
6:  47   46   45   44   43 
     42 
8 years, 0 days
From: Jan 20, 2017 · VP inauguration of Mike Pence
To: Nov 30, 2018 · Death of George H. W. Bush
+  48 
 43 
7:  48   47   46   45   44 
     43   42 
1 year, 314 days
From: Nov 30, 2018 · Death of George H. W. Bush
To: (present)
 43 
 
6:  48   47   46   45   44 
     42 
167 days
Starting and ending events # Living vice presidents Timespan
Sources:[1][2][3]

Current, most, and fewest living vice presidents[edit]

Living vice presidents as of May 16, 2019 (from oldest to youngest):[4]

  • Walter Mondale, born (1928-01-05) January 5, 1928 (age 91); in office 1977–1981
  • Dick Cheney, born (1941-01-30) January 30, 1941 (age 78); in office 2001–2009
  • Joe Biden, born (1942-11-20) November 20, 1942 (age 76); in office 2009–2017
  • Dan Quayle, born (1947-02-04) February 4, 1947 (age 72); in office 1989–1993
  • Al Gore, born (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 71); in office 1993–2001
  • Mike Pence, born (1959-06-07) June 7, 1959 (age 59); in office 2017–present

There have been two time periods with seven living vice presidents, the incumbent and six former vice presidents:[4]

There have been four time periods with only one living vice president:[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vice Presidential Inaugurations". aoc.gov. Washington, D.C.: Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Vice President of the United States (President of the Senate)". .senate.gov. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Senate. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Inauguration Ceremonies". .senate.gov. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Senate. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Feinman, Ronald L. "Seven Living Vice Presidents, Most For Second Time In American History, And Longevity Of Presidents And First Ladies". The Progressive Professor. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Strock, Ian Randal (2016). Ranking the Vice Presidents: True Tales and Trivia, from John Adams to Joe Biden. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-63144-061-8. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Veeps: Hannibal Hamlin". Presidential History Geeks Journal, livejournal.com. September 2, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2018.

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