1897-1905, U.S. Senator Charles W. Fairbanks


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

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Charles W. Fairbanks was born in a log cabin in Ohio and as a youth saw his family home used to hide runaway slaves.  He worked as an agent of the Associated Press before attending law school.  He became a railroad financier and counsel to millionaire Jay Gould.  Charles W. Fairbanks was a senator from Indiana starting in 1897 and was a key adviser to McKinley during the Spanish-American War.  As vice president serving under Theodore Roosevelt, Fairbanks was labeled a “reactionary machine politician” and actively worked against Roosevelt’s progressive “Square Deal” program.  Because of this, Roosevelt did not provide him with a significant role during his administration.  When Roosevelt declined to seek reelection in 1908, he endorsed William Howard Taft over Fairbanks for the office of president.

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.

Charles W. Fairbanks 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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