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There has been 42 Vice Presidents of the United States from John Adams to Joe Biden. Originally, the Vice President was the person who received the second most votes for President in the Electoral College. However, in the election of 1800 a tie in the electoral college between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr led to the selection of the President by the House of Representatives. To prevent such an event from happening again, the Twelfth Amendment was added to the Constitution, creating the current system where electors cast a separate ballot for the Vice Presidency.

The Vice President has few powers explicitly provided for in the constitution. The VP's primary function is to succeed to the Presidency if the President dies, resigns, or is impeached and removed from office. The only Vice President to ascend to the Presidency in this way was Gerald Ford, through the President's resignation. In addition, the Vice President serves as the President of the Senate and may choose to cast a tie-breaking vote on decisions made by the Senate. Vice Presidents have exercised this latter power to varying extents over the years. The Vice Presidency was described by former VP John Nance Garner in 1960 as "not worth a bucket of warm piss".

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Name

Took Office Left Office Party President(s)
1

John Adams

April 30, 1789 January 4, 1797 Federalist Washington
2

Thomas Jefferson

January 4, 1797 January 4, 1801 Democratic-Republican Adams

3

Aaron Burr January 4, 1801 January 4, 1805 Democratic-Republican Jefferson

4

George Clinton January 4, 1805 January 4, 1813 Democratic-Republican Jefferson/Madison
5 Elbridge Gerry January 4, 1813 January 4, 1817 Democratic-Republican

Madison

6 Daniel D. Tompkins January 4, 1817 January 4, 1825

Democratic-Republican

Monroe
7 John C. Calhoun January 4, 1825 January 4, 1833 Democratic-Republican

J. Q. Adams/Jackson

8

Martin Van Buren January 4, 1833 January 4, 1837 Democratic Jackson

9

Richard Mentor Johnson January 4, 1837 January 4, 1845 Democratic Van Buren/Tyler

10

George M. Dallas January 4, 1845 January 4, 1853 Democratic Polk/Filmore

11

William R. King January 4, 1853 January 4, 1857 Democratic Pierce

12

John C. Brekinridge January 4, 1857 January 4, 1861 Democratic Buchanan

13

Hannibal Hamlin January 4, 1861 January 4, 1869 Republican Lincoln/Johnson

14

Schuyler Colfax January 4, 1869 January 4, 1873 Republican Grant

15

Henry Wilson January 4, 1873 January 4, 1877 Republican Grant

16

William A. Wheeler January 4, 1877 January 4, 1885 Republican Hayes/Arthur

17

Thomas A. Hendricks January 4, 1885 January 4, 1889 Democratic

Cleveland

18

Levi P. Morton January 4, 1889 January 4, 1893 Republican Harrison

19

Aldai E. Stevenson I January 4, 1893 January 4, 1897 Democratic Cleveland

20

Garret Hobart January 4, 1897 January 4, 1901 Republican McKinley

21

Charles W. Fairbanks January 4, 1901 January 4, 1909 Republican Roosevelt
22

James S. Sherman

January 4, 1909 January 4, 1913 Republican Taft

23

Thomas R. Marshall January 4, 1913 January 4, 1921 Democratic Wilson

24

Charles G. Dawes January 4, 1921 January 4, 1929 Republican Coolidge

25

Charles Curtis January 4, 1929 January 4, 1933 Republican Hoover

26

John Nance Garner January 4, 1933 January 4, 1937 Democratic F. D. Roosevelt

27

Henry A. Wallace January 4, 1937 January 4, 1941 Democratic F. D. Roosevelt

28

Harry S. Truman January 4, 1941 January 4, 1945 Democratic F. D. Roosevelt

29

Alben W. Barkley January 4, 1945 January 4, 1953 Democratic Truman

30

Richard Nixon January 4, 1953 January 4, 1961 Republican Eisenhower

31

Lyndon B. Johnson January 4, 1961 January 4, 1965 Democratic Kennedy

32

Herbert Humphrey January 4, 1965 January 4, 1969 Democratic L. B. Johnson

33

Spiro Agnew January 4, 1969 January 4, 1973 Republican Nixon
34

Gerald Ford

January 4, 1973 January 4, 1975 Republican Nixon
35 Nelson Rockefeller January 4, 1975 January 4, 1977 Republican

Ford

36

Walter Mondale January 4, 1977 January 4, 1981 Democratic Carter

37

George H. W. Bush January 4, 1981 January 4, 1989 Republican Reagan

38

Dan Quayle January 4, 1989 January 4, 1993 Republican Bush

39

Al Gore January 4, 1993 January 4, 2001 Democratic Clinton
40 Dick Cheney January 4, 2001 January 4, 2005 Republican

G. W. Bush

41 Daniel J. D. Benedict January 4, 2005 January 4, 2009 Democratic

G. W. Bush

42

Joe Biden January 4, 2009 Incumbent Democratic Benedict

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