A Brief History of Vps Trying (and Mostly Failing) to Be President

Vice President Joe Biden officially decided he won’t run for president in 2016. We took a look at the history of America's 47 vice presidents seeking the White House, and it’s not as clear-cut as you’d think. The following list is in chronological order. Full interactive story: http://bit.ly/1XoSkE5
  1. Is the vice presidency a stepping stone to the White House? The numbers show it’s not a well-trod path.
    Only five vice presidents claimed the White House through an election: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and, 144 years later, George H.W. Bush. One other vice president, Richard Nixon, was eventually elected eight years after he left office.The more common route to the White House for a vice president has been when the president has died or resigned; that's how nine vice presidents became commander in chief.
  2. John Adams, 1789-1797
    Elected president. VP to President George Washington.
  3. Thomas Jefferson, 1797-1801
    Elected president. VP to President John Adams.
  4. Aaron Burr, 1801-1805
    Lost general election (electoral college). VP to President Thomas Jefferson.
  5. George Clinton, 1805-1812
    Lost in general election to Madison (electoral college); died in office as Madison's VP. VP to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
  6. Elbridge Gerry, 1813-1814
    Died in office. VP to President James Madison.
  7. Daniel D. Tompkins, 1817-1825
    Did not seek presidency. VP to President James Monroe.
  8. John C. Calhoun, 1825-1832
    Resigned. VP to Presidents Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams.
  9. Martin Van Buren, 1833-1837
    Elected president. VP to President Andrew Jackson.
  10. Richard M. Johnson, 1837-1841
    Incumbent president ran and lost. VP to president Martin Van Buren.
  11. John Tyler, 1841
    Succeeded to presidency after Harrison's death. VP to President William Henry Harrison.
  12. George M. Dallas, 1845-1849
    Incumbent president ran and list. VP to President James K. Polk.
  13. Millard Fillmore, 1849-1850
    Succeeded to presidency after Taylor's death. VP to President Zachary Taylor.
  14. William R. King, 1853
    Died in office. VP to Franklin Pierce.
  15. John C. Breckinridge, 1857-1861
    Lost general election. VP to President James Buchanan.
  16. Hannibal Hamlin, 1861-1865
    Replaced on ticket – incumbent lost. VP to President Abraham Lincoln.
  17. Andrew Johnson,1865
    Succeeded to presidency after Lincoln's assassination. VP to President Abraham Lincoln.
  18. Schuyler Colfax,1869-1873
    Replaced on ticket – incumbent won. VP to President Ulysses S. Grant.
  19. Henry Wilson, 1873-1875
    Died in office. VP to President Ulysses S. Grant.
  20. William A. Wheeler, 1877-1881
    Did not run after incumbent didn't seek reelection. VP to President Rutherford Birchard Hayes.
  21. Chester A. Arthur, 1881
    Succeeded to presidency after Garfield's assassination. VP to President James Garfield.
  22. Thomas A. Hendricks, 1885
    Died in office. VP to President Grover Cleveland.
  23. Levi P. Morton, 1889-1893
    Replaced on ticker – incumbent lost. VP to President Benjamin Harrison.
  24. Adlai E. Stevenson, 1893-1897
    Ran for president but party did not nominate him. VP to President Grover Cleveland.
  25. Garret A. Hobart, 1897-1899
    Died in office. VP to President William McKinley.
  26. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
    Succeeded to presidency after McKinley's assassination. VP to President William McKinley.
  27. Charles W. Fairbanks, 1905-1909
    Ran for office but party did not nominate him. VP to President Theodore Roosevelt.
  28. James S. Sherman, 1909-1912
    Died in office. VP to President William H. Taft.
  29. Thomas R. Marshall, 1913-1921
    Ran for president but party did not nominate him. VP to President Woodrow Wilson.
  30. Calvin Coolidge, 1921-1923
    Succeeded to presidency after Harding's death. VP to President Warren G. Harding.
  31. Charles G. Dawes, 1925-1929
    Incumbent not nominated. VP to President Calvin Coolidge.
  32. Charles Curtis, 1929-1933
    Replaced on ticket – incumbent lost. VP to President Herbert Hoover.
  33. John N. Garner, 1933-1941
    Ran against the incumbent but party did not nominate him. VP to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  34. Henry A. Wallace, 1941-1945
    Lost in general election after being replaced on Roosevelt's ticket in 1945. VP to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  35. Harry S. Truman, 1945
    Succeeded to presidency after Roosevelt's death. VP to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  36. Alben W. Barkley, 1949-1953
    Ran but withdrew during primary. VP to President Harry S. Truman.
  37. Richard M. Nixon, 1953-1961
    Elected president eight years after vice presidency; lost general election in 1960. VP to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  38. Lyndon B. Johnson, 1961-1963
    Succeeded to presidency after Kennedy's assassination. VP to President John F. Kennedy.
  39. Hubert H. Humphrey, 1963-1969
    Lost general election. VP to President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  40. Spiro T. Agnew, 1969-1973
    Resigned. VP to President Richard M. Nixon.
  41. Gerald R. Ford, 1973-1974
    Succeeded to presidency after Nixon's resignation. VP to President Richard M. Nixon.
  42. Nelson Rockefeller, 1974-1977
    Replaced on ticket – incumbent lost. VP to President Gerald R. Ford.
  43. Walter F. Mondale, 1977-1981
    Lost general election. VP to President Jimmy Carter.
  44. George H.W. Bush, 1981-1989
    Elected president. VP to President Ronald Reagan.
  45. Dan Quayle, 1989-1993
    Incumbent lost; Quayle ran in 2000 and dropped out of the primary. VP to President George H.W. Bush.
  46. Albert Gore, 1993-2001
    Lost general election. VP to President Bill Clinton.
  47. Richard Cheney, 2001-2009
    None. VP to President George W. Bush.