Alben Barkley was born in a log cabin in Kentucky, the son of tenant farmers who grew tobacco. He served in both houses of Congress and became the 35th vice president. He was a liberal Democrat who, as Senate majority leader during WWII, gained influence over the administration’s domestic agenda. Tensions developed between Roosevelt and Barkley when he criticized the War Production Board policy of awarding contracts to large companies rather than small businesses. Selected as Truman᾽s V.P. in the 1948 presidential election, Barkley took an active role in the Truman administration, acting as its primary spokesman. In 1952, when Truman announced he would not seek reelection, Alben Barkley began organizing for a presidential campaign, but labor leaders refused to endorse his candidacy because of his age.
This U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley 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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