1981-1989, U.S. Senator Dan Quayle


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

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Dan Quayle was a lawyer from Indiana who served in the U.S. House from 1977-81 and the Senate from 1981-89, before being elected vice president under George H. W. Bush.  As vice president, he made official visits to 47 countries and was appointed chairman of the National Space Council, where he called for greater efforts to protect the Earth against the danger of potential asteroid impacts.  Dan Quayle was noted for many of the confused public statements he made.  When asked his thoughts on sending men to Mars, he responded by saying Mars was in the same orbit as Earth, had water in canals and oxygen that we could breathe.  In 1992, he was defeated for a second term when the Democrats won the White House with Bill Clinton and Al Gore.  After leaving office he worked as an investment banker.

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.

Dan Quayle 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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