Schuyler Colfax The 17th Vice President of USA

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17th  (Mar 04, 1869 - Mar 04, 1873)
Age at start:  45 years 11 months 13 days
Age:  61 years 9 months 22 days
Height: 0'0", 0 cm
Born: Mar 23, 1823
Born place: New York, New York
Net worth: < $1 Million
Death date:  January 13, 1885

Schuyler Colfax Jr. (March 23, 1823 - January 13, 1885) was an American journalist, businessman, and politician who served as the 17th vice president of the United States from 1869 to 1873, and prior to that as the 25th speaker of the House of Representatives from 1863 to 1869. A member of the Republican Party (after the Whig Party's demise in the early 1850s), he was the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 9th congressional district from 1855 to 1869.
Colfax was known for his opposition to slavery while serving in Congress, and was a founder of the Republican Party. During his first term as speaker he led the effort to pass what would become the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery. When it came before the House for a final vote in January 1865, he made the unusual choice to cast a vote (by convention the speaker rarely casts a vote), voting in the affirmative. Chosen as Ulysses S. Grant's running mate in the 1868 election, the pair won easily over Democratic Party nominees Horatio Seymour and Francis Preston Blair Jr. As was typical during the 19th century, Colfax had little involvement in the Grant administration. ... read more on
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