Hannibal Hamlin was a member of U.S. House of Representatives and an active opponent of slavery, opposing the Compromise Measures of 1850. He was the first Republican to hold the office of vice president. He served under Abraham Lincoln from 1861-1865. Hannibal Hamlin was chosen to bring geographic balance to the ticket and because he was a former Democrat. When Lincoln ran for reelection in 1864, Hamlin was replaced by Andrew Johnson, who was a Southern Democrat who Republicans believed would be of value during reconciliation when the war was over. In 1869, Hamlin was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving two terms, before leaving to take the post of the ambassador to Spain.
The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census. The number of Representatives is set by law at 435. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration. The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.
Hannibal Hamlin was a member of the U.S. House Representatives 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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