Richard Johnson is the only vice president ever elected by the U.S. Senate under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment. In 1836, Johnson was the Democratic nominee for vice president on a ticket with Martin Van Buren. He fell one vote short of the electoral votes need to secure his election. Virginia᾽s delegation to the Electoral College went against the state’s popular vote and refused to endorse Johnson, thus leading to his election to office by the Senate. Richard Johnson was such a liability for the Democrats that in the 1840 election they refused to renominate him. This set the stage for President Martin Van Buren to run for reelection without a running mate, losing to William Henry Harrison of the Whig Party.
This U.S. Vice President Richard Johnson History Mug is part of our U.S. Vice Presidents Series which includes all of the US Vice Presidents.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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