March 23rd, 2017

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Vice President Schuyler Colfax

On this date in 1823, Schuyler Colfax, Jr., was born in New York City. At the age of 19, he became the editor of the South Bend (Indiana) Free Press, and three years later, bought the newspaper and changed its name to the St. Joseph Valley Register. In 1854, he was elected to the House of Representatives representing Indiana, and he became Speaker of the House in 1863. In 1868, he was elected Vice President on Ulysses Grant's Republican ticket, and when they took office (at the ages of 46 and 45), they were the youngest Presidential/Vice Presidential team ever (Bill Clinton and Al Gore, at the ages of 45 and 44, broke their record in 1993). Colfax was implicated in the Credit Mobilier scandal (which didn't tarnish Grant), and left at the end of the one term (he was replaced on the ticket by Henry Wilson). Colfax died in 1885.