List of Vice Presidents of the United States by age

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This is a list of Vice Presidents of the United States by age. The first table charts the age of each United States Vice President at the time of their inauguration (first inauguration if they were elected to multiple and consecutive terms), at the time they left office, and at the time of their death. Each vice president's age at death, their lifespan, is measured in two ways; this is to allow for the differing number of leap days occurring within each one's life. The first figure is the number of days between date of birth and date of death, allowing for leap days; in parentheses the same period given in years and days, with the years being the number of whole years that the vice president lived, and the days being the number of days after their last birthday. Where the vice president is still living, lifespan is calculated up to October 19, 2018. The second table includes those vice presidents who had the distinction among their peers of being the oldest living vice president, and charts both when they became and ceased to be oldest living.

Age of vice presidents[edit]

Age of Vice President when assuming office graph

The median age upon accession to the vice presidency is around 53 years and 7 months. This is about how old John Adams and Hubert Humphrey were at the time they entered office. The youngest person to assume office was John C. Breckinridge, at the age of 36 years, 47 days. Serving only one term, he became and remains the youngest at the time of leaving office; the oldest at the time of entering office was Alben W. Barkley, at the age of 71 years, 57 days. He was also the oldest in office when he left office.

Born on January 16, 1821, John C. Breckinridge was younger than five of his successors, the greatest number to date: Andrew Johnson (12 years and 18 days); Hannibal Hamlin (11 years, 4 months, and 20 days); Henry Wilson (8 years and 11 months); William A. Wheeler (1 year, 6 months, and 17 days); and Thomas A. Hendricks (1 year, 4 months, and 9 days).

Born on July 8, 1908, Nelson Rockefeller was older than five of his predecessors, the greatest number to date: Lyndon B. Johnson (1 month and 19 days); Hubert Humphrey (2 years, 10 months, and 19 days); Richard Nixon (4 years, 6 months, and 1 day); Gerald Ford (5 years and 6 days); and Spiro Agnew (10 years, 4 months, and 1 day).[1]

Three vice presidents—Hannibal Hamlin, Charles G. Dawes, and Lyndon B. Johnson—were born on August 27 (in 1809, 1865, and 1908 respectively). This is the only day of the year having the birthday of multiple vice presidents.[1]

The oldest living vice president is George H. W. Bush, born on June 12, 1924 (age 94 years, 129 days); he is also the oldest living and longest-lived president. The longest-lived vice president was John Nance Garner, who died at the age of 98 years, 350 days. He surpassed Levi Morton for this distinction on November 23, 1964. Walter Mondale, has the distinction of having the longest post-vice presidency in U.S. history, currently at 37 years, 272 days. He surpassed the previous record, held by Richard Nixon (33 years, 92 days), on April 23, 2014. The youngest living vice president is the incumbent, Mike Pence, born on June 7, 1959 (aged 59 years, 134 days). The shortest-lived vice president was Daniel D. Tompkins, who died at the age of 50 years, 355 days, only 99 days after leaving office.

Six U.S. vice presidents have lived into their 90s, with two of them currently alive. The first to do so, John Adams, held the distinction of being the longest-lived vice president from the time he first took ofice in April 1789 until Levi Morton surpassed his lifespan in January 1915. The six nonagenarian vice presidents (in order of birth) are:

Table[edit]

Vice President Birth
date
Start of vice presidency End of vice presidency Post-vice-presidency
timespan
Death
Date Age Date Age Date Age
1 • John Adams Oct 30, 1735 Apr 21, 1789 53 years, 173 days Mar 4, 1797 61 years, 125 days 29 years, 122 days July 5, 1826Jul 4, 1826 90 years, 247 days
2 • Thomas Jefferson Apr 13, 1743 Mar 4, 1797 53 years, 325 days Mar 4, 1801 57 years, 325 days 25 years, 122 days Jul 4, 1826 83 years, 82 days
3 • Aaron Burr Feb 6, 1756 Mar 4, 1801 45 years, 26 days Mar 4, 1805 49 years, 26 days 31 years, 194 days Sep 14, 1836 80 years, 221 days
4 • George Clinton Jul 26, 1739 Mar 4, 1805 65 years, 221 days Apr 20, 1812[a] 72 years, 269 days 00,0070 days Apr 20, 1812 72 years, 269 days
5 • Elbridge Gerry Jul 17, 1744 Mar 4, 1813 68 years, 230 days Nov 23, 1814[a] 70 years, 129 days 00,0030 days Nov 23, 1814 70 years, 129 days
6 • Daniel D. Tompkins Jun 21, 1774 Mar 4, 1817 42 years, 256 days Mar 4, 1825 50 years, 256 days 00,09999 days Jun 11, 1825 50 years, 355 days
7 • John C. Calhoun Mar 18, 1782 Mar 4, 1825 42 years, 351 days Dec 28, 1832[b] 50 years, 285 days 17 years, 93 days Mar 31, 1850 68 years, 13 days
8 • Martin Van Buren Dec 5, 1782 Mar 4, 1833 50 years, 89 days Mar 4, 1837 54 years, 89 days 25 years, 142 days Jul 24, 1862 79 years, 231 days
9 • Richard M. Johnson Oct 17, 1780 Mar 4, 1837 56 years, 138 days Mar 4, 1841 60 years, 138 days 9 years, 260 days Nov 19, 1850 70 years, 33 days
10 • John Tyler Mar 29, 1790 Mar 4, 1841 50 years, 340 days Apr 4, 1841[c] 51 years, 6 days 20 years, 289 days Jan 18, 1862 71 years, 295 days
11 • George M. Dallas Jul 10, 1792 Mar 4, 1845 52 years, 237 days Mar 4, 1849 56 years, 237 days 15 years, 302 days Dec 31, 1864 72 years, 174 days
12 • Millard Fillmore Jan 7, 1800 Mar 4, 1849 49 years, 56 days Jul 9, 1850[c] 50 years, 183 days 23 years, 242 days Mar 8, 1874 74 years, 60 days
13 • William R. King Apr 7, 1786 Mar 4, 1853 66 years, 331 days Apr 18, 1853[a] 67 years, 11 days 00,0040 days Apr 18, 1853 67 years, 11 days
14 • John C. Breckinridge Jan 16, 1821 Mar 4, 1857 36 years, 47 days Mar 4, 1861 40 years, 47 days 14 years, 74 days May 17, 1875 54 years, 121 days
15 • Hannibal Hamlin Aug 27, 1809 Mar 4, 1861 51 years, 189 days Mar 4, 1865 55 years, 189 days 26 years, 122 days Jul 4, 1891 81 years, 311 days
16 • Andrew Johnson Dec 29, 1808 Mar 4, 1865 56 years, 65 days Apr 15, 1865[c] 56 years, 107 days 10 years, 107 days Jul 31, 1875 66 years, 214 days
17 • Schuyler Colfax Mar 23, 1823 Mar 4, 1869 45 years, 346 days Mar 4, 1873 49 years, 346 days 11 years, 315 days Jan 13, 1885 61 years, 296 days
18 • Henry Wilson Feb 16, 1812 Mar 4, 1873 61 years, 16 days Nov 22, 1875[a] 63 years, 279 days 00,0010 days Nov 22, 1875 63 years, 279 days
19 • William A. Wheeler Jun 30, 1819 Mar 4, 1877 57 years, 247 days Mar 4, 1881 61 years, 247 days 6 years, 92 days Jun 4, 1887 67 years, 339 days
20 • Chester A. Arthur Oct 5, 1829 Mar 4, 1881 51 years, 150 days Sep 19, 1881[c] 51 years, 349 days 5 years, 60 days Nov 18, 1886 57 years, 44 days
21 • Thomas A. Hendricks Sep 7, 1819 Mar 4, 1885 65 years, 178 days Nov 25, 1885[a] 66 years, 75 days 00,0020 days Nov 25, 1885 66 years, 79 days
22 • Levi P. Morton May 16, 1824 Mar 4, 1889 64 years, 292 days Mar 4, 1893 68 years, 292 days 27 years, 73 days May 16, 1920 96 years, 0 days
23 • Adlai Stevenson I Oct 23, 1835 Mar 4, 1893 57 years, 132 days Mar 4, 1897 61 years, 132 days 17 years, 102 days Jun 14, 1914 78 years, 234 days
24 • Garret Hobart Jun 3, 1844 Mar 4, 1897 52 years, 274 days Nov 21, 1899[a] 55 years, 171 days 00,0050 days Nov 21, 1899 55 years, 171 days
25 • Theodore Roosevelt Oct 27, 1858 Mar 4, 1901 42 years, 128 days Sep 14, 1901[c] 42 years, 322 days 17 years, 114 days Jan 6, 1919 60 years, 71 days
26 • Charles W. Fairbanks May 11, 1852 Mar 4, 1905 52 years, 297 days Mar 4, 1909 56 years, 297 days 9 years, 92 days Jun 4, 1918 66 years, 24 days
27 • James S. Sherman Oct 24, 1855 Mar 4, 1909 53 years, 131 days Oct 30, 1912[a] 57 years, 6 days 00,0070 days Oct 30, 1912 57 years, 6 days
28 • Thomas R. Marshall Mar 14, 1854 Mar 4, 1913 58 years, 355 days Mar 4, 1921 66 years, 355 days 4 years, 89 days Jun 1, 1925 71 years, 79 days
29 • Calvin Coolidge Jul 4, 1872 Mar 4, 1921 48 years, 243 days Aug 2, 1923[c] 51 years, 29 days 9 years, 156 days Jan 5, 1933 60 years, 185 days
30 • Charles G. Dawes Aug 27, 1865 Mar 4, 1925 59 years, 189 days Mar 4, 1929 63 years, 189 days 22 years, 50 days Apr 23, 1951 85 years, 239 days
31 • Charles Curtis Jan 25, 1860 Mar 4, 1929 69 years, 38 days Mar 4, 1933 73 years, 38 days 2 years, 341 days Feb 8, 1936 76 years, 14 days
32 • John Nance Garner Nov 22, 1868 Mar 4, 1933 64 years, 102 days Jan 20, 1941 72 years, 59 days 26 years, 291 days Nov 7, 1967 98 years, 350 days
33 • Henry A. Wallace Oct 7, 1888 Jan 20, 1941 52 years, 105 days Jan 20, 1945 56 years, 105 days 20 years, 302 days Nov 18, 1965 77 years, 42 days
34 • Harry S. Truman May 8, 1884 Jan 20, 1945 60 years, 257 days Apr 12, 1945[c] 60 years, 339 days 27 years, 258 days Dec 26, 1972 88 years, 232 days
35 • Alben W. Barkley Nov 24, 1877 Jan 20, 1949 71 years, 57 days Jan 20, 1953 75 years, 57 days 3 years, 101 days Apr 30, 1956 78 years, 158 days
36 • Richard Nixon Jan 9, 1913 Jan 20, 1953 40 years, 11 days Jan 20, 1961 48 years, 11 days 33 years, 92 days Apr 22, 1994 81 years, 103 days
37 • Lyndon B. Johnson Aug 27, 1908 Jan 20, 1961 52 years, 146 days Nov 22, 1963[c] 55 years, 87 days 9 years, 61 days Jan 22, 1973 64 years, 148 days
38 • Hubert Humphrey May 27, 1911 Jan 20, 1965 53 years, 238 days Jan 20, 1969 57 years, 238 days 8 years, 358 days Jan 13, 1978 66 years, 231 days
39 • Spiro Agnew Nov 9, 1918 Jan 20, 1969 50 years, 72 days Oct 10, 1973[b] 54 years, 335 days 22 years, 343 days Sep 17, 1996 77 years, 313 days
40 • Gerald Ford Jul 14, 1913 Dec 6, 1973[d] 60 years, 145 days Aug 9, 1974[c] 61 years, 26 days 32 years, 139 days Dec 26, 2006 93 years, 165 days
41 • Nelson Rockefeller Jul 8, 1908 Dec 19, 1974[d] 66 years, 164 days Jan 20, 1977 68 years, 196 days 2 years, 6 days Jan 26, 1979 70 years, 202 days
42 • Walter Mondale Jan 5, 1928 Jan 20, 1977 49 years, 15 days Jan 20, 1981 53 years, 15 days 37 years, 272 days 2018-10-19(Living) 90 years, 287 days
43 • George H. W. Bush Jun 12, 1924 Jan 20, 1981 56 years, 222 days Jan 20, 1989 64 years, 222 days 29 years, 272 days 2018-10-19(Living) 94 years, 129 days
44 • Dan Quayle Feb 4, 1947 Jan 20, 1989 41 years, 351 days Jan 20, 1993 45 years, 351 days 25 years, 272 days 2018-10-19(Living) 71 years, 257 days
45 • Al Gore Mar 31, 1948 Jan 20, 1993 44 years, 295 days Jan 20, 2001 52 years, 295 days 17 years, 272 days 2018-10-19(Living) 70 years, 202 days
46 • Dick Cheney Jan 30, 1941 Jan 20, 2001 59 years, 356 days Jan 20, 2009 67 years, 356 days 9 years, 272 days 2018-10-19(Living) 77 years, 262 days
47 • Joe Biden Nov 20, 1942 Jan 20, 2009 66 years, 61 days Jan 20, 2017 74 years, 61 days 1 year, 272 days 2018-10-19(Living) 75 years, 333 days
48 • Mike Pence Jun 7, 1959 Jan 20, 2017 57 years, 227 days 59 years, 134 days(Incumbent) 59 years, 134 days 00,000
2018-10-19(Living) 59 years, 134 days
Vice President Birth
date
Date Age Date Age Post-vice-presidency
timespan
Date Age
Start of vice presidency End of vice presidency Death

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Died in office.
  2. ^ a b Resigned from office.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Succeeded to the presidency.
  4. ^ a b Confirmed by U.S. Congress to fill an intra-term vacancy in the vice presidency.

Timeline of oldest living vice presidents[edit]

Of the 48 persons who have served as vice president, 21 have become the oldest such individual of their time, with one, Charles Dawes doing so twice. John Adams, the first vice president, held this distinction for the longest period of any, from when he assumed the office in April 1789, until his death 37 years later. Lyndon B. Johnson held it for the shortest, from the death of Harry S. Truman in December 1972 until his own death only 27 days later. Adams, at age 53, was the youngest individual ever to become the oldest living vice president; Truman was the oldest to acquire this distinction, at the age of 83. Nine of these individuals have also had the distinction of being the oldest living president: John Adams, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush (currently).

On three occasions the oldest living vice president lost this distinction, not by his own death, but by the inauguration of a vice president who was older. John C. Calhoun (born 1782) lost this distinction when Richard M. Johnson (born 1780) was inaugurated. Charles G. Dawes (born 1865) lost it when Charles Curtis (born 1860) was inaugurated. Dawes subsequently regained the honor, as he outlived the older Curtis. More recently, Hubert Humphrey (born 1911) ceased being the oldest living when Nelson Rockefeller (born 1908) was sworn into office.

Altogether, six vice presidents acquired this distinction while in office: Richard M. Johnson, Levi P. Morton, Thomas R. Marshall, Charles G. Dawes, Charles Curtis, and Nelson Rockefeller (Morton and Marshall also simultaneously became the only living vice president). By contrast, the individual to become the oldest living vice presidents furthest from his time in office was Aaron Burr, who had been retired for 21 years, 122 days.

Vice President Date range Age at start Age at end Time span
John Adams April 21, 1789* – July 4, 1826 53 years, 173 days 90 years, 247 days 37 years, 74 days
Aaron Burr July 4, 1826 – September 14, 1836 70 years, 148 days 80 years, 221 days 10 years, 72 days
John C. Calhoun September 14, 1836 – March 4, 1837* 54 years, 180 days 54 years, 351 days 171 days
Richard Mentor Johnson March 4, 1837* – November 19, 1850 56 years, 138 days 70 years, 33 days 13 years, 260 days
Martin Van Buren November 19, 1850 – July 24, 1862 67 years, 349 days 79 years, 231 days 11 years, 247 days
George Dallas July 24, 1862 – December 31, 1864 70 years, 14 days 72 years, 174 days 2 years, 160 days
Millard Fillmore December 31, 1864 – March 8, 1874 64 years, 359 days 74 years, 60 days 9 years, 67 days
Andrew Johnson March 8, 1874 – July 31, 1875 65 years, 69 days 66 years, 214 days 1 year, 145 days
Hannibal Hamlin July 31, 1875 – July 4, 1791 65 years, 338 days 81 years, 311 days 15 years, 338 days
Levi P. Morton July 4, 1891 – May 16, 1920 67 years, 49 days 96 years, 0 days 28 years, 317 days
Thomas R. Marshall May 16, 1920 – June 1, 1925 66 years, 63 days 71 years, 79 days 5 years, 16 days
Charles G. Dawes June 1, 1925 – March 4, 1929* 59 years, 278 days 63 years, 189 days 3 years, 276 days
Charles Curtis March 4, 1929* – February 8, 1936 69 years, 38 days 76 years, 14 days 6 years, 341 days
Charles G. Dawes February 8, 1936 – April 23, 1951 70 years, 165 days 85 years, 239 days 15 years, 74 days
John Nance Garner April 23, 1951 – November 7, 1967 82 years, 152 days 98 years, 350 days 16 years, 198 days
Harry S. Truman November 7, 1967 – December 26, 1972 83 years, 183 days 88 years, 232 days 5 years, 49 days
Lyndon B. Johnson December 26, 1972 – January 22, 1973 64 years, 121 days 64 years, 148 days 27 days
Hubert Humphrey January 22, 1973 – December 19, 1974* 61 years, 240 days 63 years, 206 days 1 year, 331 days
Nelson Rockefeller December 19, 1974* – January 26, 1979 66 years, 164 days 70 years, 202 days 4 years, 38 days
Richard Nixon January 26, 1979 – April 22, 1994 66 years, 17 days 81 years, 103 days 15 years, 86 days
Gerald Ford April 22, 1994 – December 26, 2006 80 years, 282 days 93 years, 165 days 12 years, 248 days
George H. W. Bush December 26, 2006 – present 82 years, 197 days 94 years, 129 days(Living) 11 years, 297 days
Vice President Date range Age at start Age at end Time span

Note: * Green text and an asterisk indicate a transition that accompanied an inauguration rather than a death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strock, Ian Randal (2016). Ranking the Vice Presidents: True Tales and Trivia, from John Adams to Joe Biden. Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 11, 16. ISBN 978-1-63144-061-8. Retrieved January 8, 2017.