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. He 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.
This U.S. Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks 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.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.