On this date in 1877, Alben Barkley was born in Kentucky. In 1912, he was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served for 14 years. In 1926, Kentucky elected him to the Senate, and then reelected him in 1932, 1938, and 1944. In 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in office, and Vice President Harry Truman succeeded to the office. In 1948, Truman was nominated for his own term as President, and Barkley received the Democratic nomination for Vice President. They won. In 1947, Barkley's first wife, Dorothy Brower, died. In 1949, at the age of 71, Barkley became the only Vice President to marry while in office, when he married Elizabeth Jane Rucker Hadley, known as Jane Hadley, who was a widow 34 years his junior. Following his one term as Vice President, Barkley retired to Kentucky in 1953, but the following year, decided to run for the Senate again. He won the election, and served less than a year and a half: he died in April 1956.