Video: Gravesite of William Rufus Devane King
(Monday, April 18, 1853) — William R. King, the 13th Vice President of the United States, died today in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama of tuberculosis after only 45 days in office. Following King’s death at age 67, the office of Vice-President was vacant for four years, until March 4, 1857, when John C. Breckinridge was inaugurated.
(Friday, March 4, 1853) — Franklin Pierce took the oath of office today as the 14th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol, succeeding President Millard Fillmore.
William R. King, in Cuba at the time, as he was severely ill (he died the following month) and was attempting to recover in a warmer climate (it was a snowy day during the inauguration), was sworn in as the 13th Vice President of the United States. The office had been vacant since Fillmore succeeded to the presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor on July 9, 1850. Read more on Pierce sworn in as 14th U.S. President, King as 13th VP 160 years ago today (1853)…
Video: 'American President #14: Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)' (Nov. 2, 1852, at 5:21)
(Tuesday, November 2, 1852, during the 1852 presidential campaign) — Former Democratic U.S. Senator Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire was elected President of the United States today, defeating Whig Winfield Scott, Commanding General of the U.S. Army from Virginia. Read more on Pierce defeats Scott, elected President of the United States 160 years ago today (1852)…
Video: Vice-Presidents of the United States (Fairbanks at 2:10)
(Monday, May 11, 1852) — Charles W. Fairbanks, the 26th Vice President of the United States, was born today in a log cabin in Unionville Center, Ohio. The future U.S. Senator from Indiana would serve as vice president under President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, from 1905 to 1909.