Richard Mentor Johnson

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Birthday
17, 1780
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Death Date
Nov 19, 1850 (70)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
17, 1780
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Death Date
Nov 19, 1850 (70)

About

Vice President under Martin Van Buren from 1837 to 1841. He was the only VP to be elected under the prerogatives of the Twelfth Amendment.

Before Fame

He gained popularity for killing the Indian chief Tecumseh, and used that as the basis for his political platform.

Trivia

He scandalized the nation by marrying one of his slaves and then proposing an expedition to the North Pole to drill into the earth and prove it's hollow.

Family Life

He openly treated his African American slave as his common law wife and gave their children his surname. This was very rare for the time.

Associated With

Because he was attracting so much negative attention, Martin Van Buren decided to run for re-election without him.