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List of US Vice Presidents and their post-Vice Presidencies:

  1. VP John Adams became a one-term president. 
  2. VP Thomas Jefferson ran against his own president as VP and won, becoming a two-term president. 
  3. VP Aaron Burr was dropped from Jefferson's reelection plans, which prompted Burr to run for Gov of NY while still an incumbent VP. He lost in a nailbiter election. Hamilton's meddling in the election prompted Burr to shoot and kill Hamilton. After his term as VP ended, Burr was involved in a Conspiracy, which nearly saw him found guilty of Treason. Jefferson meddled in the case to try and get Burr found guilty. Chief Justice Marshall impressively was able to innocuate most of Jefferson's attempt to influence the trial. 
  4. VP George Clinton was VP to both Jefferson and Madison and died late in Madison's first term. He was the first VP to die in office.
  5. VP Elbridge Gerry died early in Madison's 2nd term. Madison is the only president to have two VPs die in office. 
  6. VP Daniel D. Tompkins is the first VP to serve two full terms. He ran for Gov of NY in the middle his vice presidency but lost the election, despite having been Gov for 10 years in the past. He's the second incumbent VP to lose an election. He planned to run for the presidency in 1824, but his alcoholism caused a mental and physical collapse. He died about half a year after his VP'y ended. 
  7. VP John C. Calhoun is the 2nd VP to serve two presidents. He opposes his 2nd president, Jackson, so strongly that he resigns the VP'y and joined the short-lived Nullifier Party. He rejoined the US Senate, later became Sec of State, and made a few more attempts at becoming president. He's the first VP to be politically active after the VP'y while not becoming president. 
  8. VP Martin Van Buren became a one-term president. He made further attempts at the presidency, including once as a 3rd party candidate.
  9. VP Richard Mentor Johnson was too controversial for renomination as VP since he was open about his common law wife and their children, all whom were slaves. He ran for president in the next election but got no support. First VP not to be renomination in the Convention Era (Burr was dropped but prior to Conventions).
  10. VP John Tyler took over the presidency when WH Harrison died. He was kicked out of the Whig Party. Neither party wanted him, so he remained a partial-term president. He later became a Confederate Congressperson but died before he could take his seat. 
  11. VP George M Dallas became Amb to the UK about 5 years after leaving office.
  12. VP Millard Fillmore became president on Taylor's death. He was not renominated. He was later a third party nominee.
  13. VP Rufus King was VP for only a little over a month. He is the 3rd to die in office. 
  14. VP John C. Breckinridge ran for president as the Southern Democrat nominee while as incumbent. He lost, became a Confederate General and later the Confederate Sec of War. He urged Jefferson Davis to surrender. He retired from politics when the Civil War ended. 
  15. VP Hannibal Hamlin was not renominated because Lincoln and his allies wanted a Southern Unionist VP for their 2nd term. He later returned to the US Senate and later became Amb to Spain. 
  16. VP Andrew Johnson became president on Lincoln's assassination. He was impeached and not renomination. He became a US Senator 10 years later but died a few months into his term. 
  17. VP Schuyler Colfax was involved in one of the many Grant administration scandals. However, Grant dropped him from reelection plans only because Grant didn't like it when Colfax told him he'd like to run for president since he wrongly didn't think Grant was going to run for reelection. He never held office or ran for office after being VP.
  18. VP Henry Wilson is the 4th VP to die in office. 
  19. VP William A. Wheeler did not seek political office when his one-term VP'y ended. 
  20. VP Chester A. Arthur became president on Garfield's assassination. He was not renominated for president. He died about a year after he left office.
  21. VP Thomas A Hendricks is the 5th VP to die in office. 
  22. VP Levi P. Morton later won election to become Gov of NY. He also had a failed bid for the presidency while as incumbent Gov. 
  23. VP Adlai Stevenson I became a failed VP nominee on another presidential ticket 4 years after his term ended. 
  24. VP Garret Hobart is the 6th VP to die in office. 
  25. VP Theodore Roosevelt became president on McKinley's assassination. He is the first VP-turned-president to both be renominated and to be reelected in his own right. He later ran a 3rd party bid for president. He was the frontrunner for the presidency in 1920, but died in 1919. 
  26. VP Charles W. Fairbanks is the first VP since Calhoun to work actively against his own president. He would later seek the presidency twice, once as incumbent VP, but he was never nominated. He was the failed VP nominee on another presidential ticket. 
  27. VP James S. Sherman is the 7th VP to die in office. He's also the last VP to die in office. He was renominated to be VP for Taft's bid at a 2nd term, but Sherman died during the election. 
  28. VP Thomas R. Marshall is the first VP to serve two-full terms since Daniel D. Tompkins. That is, the first two-term VP in about 100 years! He was a failed candidate for president while as incumbent. 
  29. VP Calvin Coolidge became president on Harding's death. He was renominated and won election in his own right. He could have had another term but declined. Efforts to Draft Coolidge for another term failed. 
  30. VP Charles G. Dawes was so disliked by Pres Coolidge that Coolidge used his influence to block him from being Hoover's VP. Dawes was later made Amb to UK. 
  31. VP Charles Curtis did not seek office after VP'y
  32. VP John Nance Garner opposed the idea of an FDR 3rd term and ran for president even before FDR announces a 3rd term. Garner retired when this bid failed. 
  33. VP Henry A. Wallace served one-term for FDR but was replaced despite being a favorite of FDR to appease Conservative allies. Wallace was Sec of Commerce but was fired by Truman. He made a 3rd party bid for president against Truman after that. 
  34. VP Harry S Truman became president on FDR's death. He was reelected in his own right. He considered another term, but the primaries were going poorly for him, so he dropped out of the race. 
  35. VP Alben W. Barkley had a failed bid for the presidency while as incumbent president. 
  36. VP Richard Nixon secured nomination but lost the presidency to JFK. He's the first incumbent VP to become nominee and fail. He was also the first incumbent VP to become nominee since Jefferson. He later lost an election to become Gov of CA. He was the presidency a few years after that, won a second term, but resigned when impeachment and conviction seemed likely.
  37. VP Lyndon B Johnson became president on JFK's asssassination. He won reelection in his own right. He considered another term but the primaries were looking bad for him so he declined to officially be a candidate. 
  38. VP Hubert Humphrey lost the presidential election against Nixon while as incumbent. He returned to the US Senate and also ran for president as a candidate once again.
  39. VP Spiro Agnew resigned after a scandal. He is the 2nd VP to resign. 
  40. VP Gerald Ford became president on Nixon's resignation. He was renominated for president but lost to Jimmy Carter. He's the only VP  and only President to never have been elected. He declined Reagan's offer to become VP once more after Ford demanded that he be a Co-President. 
  41. VP Nelson Rockefeller was not renominated for Ford's bid for another term, mainly because Reagan's wing was large enough that a liberal VP wasn't going to help anymore in churning out the vote. 
  42. VP Walter Mondale became the presidential nominee 4 years after his VP'y but was defeated. About 10 years after this, he became Amb to Japan. 
  43. VP George HW Bush won the presidency while as incumbent president. He is the first incumbent VP to win the presidency since Jefferson. He would lose in his bid for a 2nd term. 
  44. VP Dan Quayle failed in a bid for the presidency about 8 years after he had left office. 
  45. VP Al Gore won the popular vote in his own bid for the presidency but lost in a close, controversial election while as incumbent. He was the frontrunner in the next presidential election but opted not to run. Rumors of an Al Gore candidacy have occurred in every election from 2004-2020. 
  46. VP Dick Cheney did not seek office after his two-terms as VP. He is the first two-term VP not to seek the presidency, although Tompkin's can arguably be considered the first since he was forced to change his mind. That is to say, Cheney is the first two-termer to not even consider running.
  47. VP Joe Biden was convinced to allow Hillary Clinton to run as the establishment candidate while as incumbent. Four years later, Joe Biden secured nomination as the Democratic candidate for president and is now looking at a landslide victory. 
  48. VP Mike Pence's plans are unknown. He is the most invisible VP in the era of the Modern VPs (since VP Nixon and on). This could mean he has not ambition or this could mean he doesn't want to be too tied to his president. Based off history, Pence will likely run for president in either 4 years or 8 years. If he holds another office, history shows us it will be an ambassadorship. However, history adds new things all the time. He might not run for president. He might seek an office a former VP has never had. Currently, it looks as if he'll be a one-term VP. 

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Pence's invisible act is a brilliant piece of political maneuvering.  Hes going to be a force in the south and will do very well in Iowa/South Carolina. He will have 2008 Huckabee success in the primaries dont think it will be enough to win but unlike Huckabee hes closer to the establishment.  Will be interesting to see what happens. No way he would win in a general election though.

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