1863-1869, U.S. Senator Thomas Hendricks


This U.S. Senator Thomas Hendricks history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Thomas Hendricks and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Thomas Hendricks was a lifelong Democrat who supported Lincoln during the Civil War.  His political career included holding offices as the governor of Indiana, U.S. senator and U.S. representative from Indiana.  He served as vice president during the last eight months of his life, from his inauguration on March 4 until his death on November 25, 1885.  After his death, the vice presidency remained vacant until Levi P. Morton assumed office in 1889.  Thomas Hendricks is the only vice president who did not serve as a president whose image appears on U.S. paper currency.  His portrait appears on the $10 “tombstone” silver certificate of 1886.  He opposed the issuance of greenback paper currency, which was not backed by gold or silver, and issued between 1861 and 1865.

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.

Thomas Hendricks 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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