George Dallas was an American politician and diplomat who served as mayor of Philadelphia, U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and the 11th vice president of the United States. His father had been the secretary of war under James Madison. As vice president, Dallas advanced the administration’s objectives of tariff reduction and territorial expansion, which was exemplified by the concept of manifest destiny. In 1837, the newly elected president, Martin Van Buren named him U.S. minister to Russia. Two years later he was offered the position of U.S. attorney general but turned it down and spent the following years building his Philadelphia law practice.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
George Dallas was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
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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