TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SCHUYLER COLFAX (1823)

Schuyler Colfax (1823)

Colfax was the 17th vice president of the US, serving under Ulysses S. Grant. A prominent newspaperman, he helped organize Indiana’s Republican party and was elected to the House of Representatives in the 1850s. He retained his congressional seat until 1869, when he moved on to the office of vice president. With a combined age of 91, Grant and Colfax were the youngest team to enter the White House until Bill Clinton and Al Gore over a century later. What scandal ended Colfax’s political career? More… Discuss

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