Alben W. Barkley

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Birthday
24, 1877
Birthplace
Lowes, KY
Death Date
Apr 30, 1956 (78)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
24, 1877
Birthplace
Lowes, KY
Death Date
Apr 30, 1956 (78)

About

Vice President under Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953 who helped lead the country through the Korean War and Congressional partisan politics. He served as a US Senator from Kentucky both before and after his time in the White House.

Before Fame

His first political campaign was for county attorney of McCracken County, Kentucky, and further advances got him to the House of Representatives.

Trivia

After moving over to the Senate he retained his partisan edge, and talent for long-winded stump speeches, but he always kept a self-deprecating sense of humor.

Family Life

His daughter married Douglas MacArthur II, the nephew of the WW II army general.

Associated With

One of the traditions he started that his successor Richard Nixon did not continue was referring to the Vice President as the informal "Veep."