U.S. Vice Presidents Quiz

There have been 48 different Vice Presidents in the history of the United States. How many can you name?
Parties: Democratic, Republican, Whig, Democratic-Republican, Federalist
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Last updated: August 28, 2018
First submittedApril 1, 2009
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Term
Vice-President
2017-
Mike Pence
2009-2017
Joe Biden
2001-2009
Dick Cheney
1993-2001
Al Gore
1989-1993
Dan Quayle
1981-1989
George H. W. Bush
1977-1981
Walter Mondale
1974-1977
Nelson Rockefeller
1973-1974
Gerald Ford
1969-1973
Spiro Agnew
1965-1969
Hubert Humphrey
1961-1963
Lyndon B. Johnson
1953-1961
Richard Nixon
1949-1953
Alben Barkley
1945
Harry Truman
1941-1945
Henry A. Wallace
Term
Vice-President
1933-1941
John Nance Garner
1929-1933
Charles Curtis
1925-1929
Charles Dawes
1921-1923
Calvin Coolidge
1913-1921
Thomas R. Marshall
1909-1912
James S. Sherman
1905-1909
Charles W. Fairbanks
1901
Theodore Roosevelt
1897-1899
Garret Hobart
1893-1897
Adlai E. Stevenson
1889-1893
Levi P. Morton
1885
Thomas A. Hendricks
1881
Chester A. Arthur
1877-1881
William A. Wheeler
1873-1875
Henry Wilson
1869-1873
Schuyler Colfax
Term
Vice-President
1865
Andrew Johnson
1861-1865
Hannibal Hamlin
1857-1861
John C. Breckinridge
1853
William R. King
1849-1850
Millard Fillmore
1845-1849
George M. Dallas
1841
John Tyler
1837-1841
Richard Johnson
1833-1837
Martin Van Buren
1825-1832
John C. Calhoun
1817-1825
Daniel D. Tompkins
1813-1814
Elbridge Gerry
1805-1812
George Clinton
1801-1805
Aaron Burr
1797-1801
Thomas Jefferson
1789-1797
John Adams
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Level 43
Apr 29, 2012
I imagine most people got Richard Johnson from typing in Johnson (for Andrew Johnson or Lyndon B. Johnson). I know I did.
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Level 51
May 29, 2020
The same with George Clinton probably.
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Level 53
Sep 29, 2020
There was no other Clinton VP was there?
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Level 80
Jun 1, 2013
Much tougher than the presidents quiz. I managed to come up with 21. As one former VP pointed out this job isn't worth a bucket of piss.
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Level 58
Apr 8, 2014
I thought it was JNGarner that said that 'wasn't worth a bucket of warm spit'?
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Level 43
Aug 22, 2014
I think it was LBJ.
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Level 80
Nov 8, 2014
I see Garner credited with both quotations. Maybe it was originally piss and then someone changed it to spit to be nicer and now both are in circulation? Or maybe he said no such thing and they just made it up.

In either case, I think the really important question is, what's worth more? Warm piss or warm spit? And does the warmth effect the value?

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Level 79
Jan 22, 2017
I'd have to say the former is worth more than the latter. It can be diluted and used as fertilizer (on non-edibles), and it can also be used full strength around a garden to deter animals. The temperature has no effect on its usefulness. :)
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Level 53
Oct 13, 2015
Other than the vice presidents who became president themselves most are not well known historically.
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Level 80
Jan 23, 2017
Cheney and Biden are both pretty well known for now, but in time they will likely be forgotten. Quayle is still a punchline, but fading from memory as well. Gore and some of the others are famous for failed presidential bids- and Gore also for his work on addressing climate change. I think Nelson Rockefeller has got to be by far the most famous in his own right, and for things not related to the presidency or vice presidency. Burr and Calhoun may be runners-up.
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Level 65
Jan 31, 2018
Burr, Calhoun, Stevenson, and Rockefeller are historically noteworthy. The others...
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Level 52
Mar 20, 2018
Agnew could probably also be on that list
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Level 60
Sep 8, 2019
Wait why is nelson rockefeller noteworthy?
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Level 80
May 4, 2020
Member of the Rockfeller family. One of the wealthiest and most influential families in US history.
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Level 71
Jun 1, 2013
Wow, I came up with 20 and I'm English!
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Level 34
Nov 30, 2013
This was kinda easy. Couldn't figure out Agnew untilthe last second. Got all of 'em.
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Level 25
Apr 23, 2014
Hey jacky911! Don't sweat it! Most of the state of Maryland couldn't figure out Spiro Agnew until it was too late (and I'm a native Marylander, so I should know :-).
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Level 54
Aug 11, 2014
I like the picture of Cheney. Oh Dick, you old fox, you.
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Level 44
Aug 24, 2014
When a VP fills the spot of a President do they not then fill the VP spot?
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Level 80
Nov 8, 2014
The last time this mattered was when Kennedy was shot. Johnson, his VP, became president. At the time there was no provision for choosing a new VP and thus, the office remained vacant. In 1967 the 25th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted and the law changed. Now, if PotUS dies and the VP assumes his office, then the new president nominates a new VP to succeed him, and that VP must be confirmed by Congress.
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Level 79
Jan 22, 2017
Yes, Potus doesn't have to die. He/she can willingly resign or be forced to resign, for example by becoming physically incapacitated or impeached and convicted of a crime. Anytime the VP assumes the presidency for any reason, there is now a provision to appoint a new one.
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Level 54
Jun 26, 2020
Believe it or not, before the 25th amendment, if a vice president assumed the office of president, died, or resigned, there was no method for choosing a new one, the president just picked a new one for the next election. Because of this there are four presidents who were the vice president, the president died and they became president, but they were not re-elected, and therefore never had a vice president.
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Level 65
Aug 30, 2020
Actually, Kal, that first part isn't true. The last time this mattered was in 1974, when Gerald Ford became president, and because the 25th Amendment was already in place, he appointed Nelson Rockefeller to be VP.
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Level 77
Nov 7, 2020
And just before that, when Spiro Agnew resigned, that's how Ford became VP and in a position to become president.
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Level 60
Jun 1, 2015
*Joe Biden*

*Give Up*

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Level 79
Jun 1, 2015
When in doubt, try a president's name. That's how I got Fillmore, Roosevelt, Tyler, Arthur, and Van Buren.
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Level 32
Jun 3, 2015
I'm American and I got 13... that's sad...
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Level 64
Jul 3, 2015
And you like certain sandwiches at Wendy's?
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Level 65
Mar 24, 2018
It really isn't sad. Most of these men were inconsequential historically. Have you even heard the term "greatest vice president in history"? Probably not. The vice president's most important role is casting a tie-breaker vote in the Senate, which happens very rarely. The men on this list who are historically noteworthy are memorable for reasons other than being vice president (eg., Burr, Calhoun, Rockefeller). There is only so much time to learn history (and science and the arts, and whatever else interests you). Learning the US vice presidents really should not be a priority for anyone. Still a fun quiz though.
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Level 80
Jun 28, 2018
If you are over 18 you should be able to get at least 15 or 16 of these. But if you feel bad about it then just think you have room for improvement.
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Level 47
Dec 17, 2015
A woman had two sons.

One joined the Navy, the other became Vice-President.

Neither was heard from again.

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Level 78
Nov 13, 2019
You can say that again!
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Level 42
Dec 23, 2015
Please accept Darth Cheney for Dick Cheney.
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Level 64
Nov 9, 2016
Can you accept Michael R. Pence? Since that was his name on the ballot.
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Level 83
Jan 22, 2017
Where? In my state, I remember seeing Mike Pence on the ballot.
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Level 47
Jan 22, 2017
Tricky for a brit of course. I did manage to get a few of the recent ones, but then just guessed people that were president.
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Level 60
Jan 22, 2017
I got 40
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Level 79
Jan 22, 2017
I aced the first row. All but three served during my lifetime and the others were still living when I was young.
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Level 47
Mar 1, 2018
A woman had two sons.

One joined the navy, the other became Vice President and neither was heard from again.

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Level 78
Nov 13, 2019
Oh, look, Two-and-a-half years later, you did. See you in 2020!
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Level 63
Mar 13, 2018
Question: How many US Vice Presidents can you Name?

Me: None.

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Level 37
Aug 9, 2019
I got 22. Knew more than I imagined. Can never remember Cheney's name for some reason; Just that he's a really bad shot.
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Level 8
Apr 7, 2018
Great Vice pres quiz I got them all right
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Level 8
Apr 11, 2018
Also I didn’t realize there were so many Johnson’s as Vice Presidents,,
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Level 8
Apr 13, 2018
Question what pres saud this about Gerald Ford. He can’t chew gum and walk at the same time, he spent too many years playing football without a helmet.
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Level 73
Apr 30, 2018
Selina Meyer didn't work...
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Level 81
Jun 28, 2018
So close to eternal fame.
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Level 73
Oct 29, 2018
Ah, the old times, when Vice Presidents were named Elbridge, Hannibal or Schuyler, and not Mike, Joe or Dick.
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Level 80
May 4, 2020
hopefully will replace Mike with Elizabeth or Michelle, and not soon enough.
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Level 80
Aug 15, 2020
but Kamala will do.
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Level 60
Sep 29, 2020
Hopefully Mike stays VP, he's been the best in a while
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Level 80
Oct 21, 2020
how??
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Level 24
Jul 2, 2020
I got Aaron Burr for obvious reasons. :)
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Level 24
Jul 2, 2020
Pardon me. Aaron Burr, sir.
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Level 49
Jul 10, 2020
I got Levi Morton.
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Level 45
Nov 8, 2020
You probably should put a caveat to say you will update to include Kamala Harris on Inauguration Day as has been done on the other President themed quizzes.
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Level 32
Nov 8, 2020
Kamala Harris