William Wheeler attended the University of Vermont before monetary concerns forced him to drop out. Thirty years later, after serving as a New York district attorney, the vice president of the United States and being elected to five terms in the U.S. Congress, he was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in 1872. William Wheeler’s political reputation for honesty was referred to by Allan Nevins in his introduction to John F. Kennedy᾽s Profiles in Courage. Roscoe Conkling, a senator and a political boss once offered, ‟Wheeler, if you will act with us, there is nothing in the gift of the State of New York to which you may not reasonably aspire.” Wheeler declined, replying ‟Mr. Conkling, there is nothing in the gift of the State of New York which will compensate me for the forfeiture of my self-respect.”
This U.S. Vice President William Wheeler History Mug is part of our U.S. Vice Presidents Series which includes all of the US Vice Presidents.
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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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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