List of Vice Presidents of the United States by time in office

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This is a list of Vice President of the United States by time in office. The basis of the list is the difference between dates; if counted by number of calendar days all the figures would be one greater.

Since 1789, there have been 48 people sworn into office as Vice President of the United States. Of these, nine succeeded to the presidency during their term, seven died while in office, and two resigned. Since the adoption of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution (February 10, 1967), when there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President nominates a successor who takes office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Vice Presidents by time in office[edit]

Rank Vice President Length
in days
OVP General details
1
tie
Daniel D. Tompkins 2,922 6 Served two full terms.
Thomas R. Marshall 2,922 28 Served two full terms.
Richard Nixon 2,922 36 Served two full terms.
George H. W. Bush 2,922 43 Served two full terms.
Al Gore 2,922[a] 45 Served two full terms.
Dick Cheney 2,922 46 Served two full terms.
Joe Biden 2,922 47 Served two full terms.
8 John Nance Garner 2,879[b] 32 Served two full terms.
9 John Adams 2,874[c] 1 Served two full terms.
10 John C. Calhoun 2,856 7 Served one full term, under President John Quincy Adams. Resigned 3 years, 9 months and 24 days into his second (consecutive) term, this one under President Andrew Jackson.
11 George Clinton 2,604 4 Served one full term, under President Thomas Jefferson. Died 3 years, 1 month and 16 days into his second (consecutive) term, this one under President James Madison.
12 Spiro Agnew 1,724 39 Served one full term. Resigned 8 months and 20 days into his second term.
13
tie
Aaron Burr 1,461 3 Served one full term.
Martin Van Buren 1,461 8 Served one full term.
Richard Johnson 1,461 9 Served one full term.
George M. Dallas 1,461 11 Served one full term.
John C. Breckinridge 1,461 14 Served one full term.
Hannibal Hamlin 1,461 15 Served one full term.
Schuyler Colfax 1,461 17 Served one full term.
William A. Wheeler 1,461 19 Served one full term.
Levi P. Morton 1,461 22 Served one full term.
Adlai E. Stevenson 1,461 23 Served one full term.
Charles W. Fairbanks 1,461 26 Served one full term.
Charles G. Dawes 1,461 30 Served one full term.
Charles Curtis 1,461 31 Served one full term.
Henry A. Wallace 1,461 33 Served one full term.
Alben W. Barkley 1,461 35 Served one full term.
Hubert Humphrey 1,461 38 Served one full term.
Walter Mondale 1,461 42 Served one full term.
Dan Quayle 1,461 44 Served one full term.
31 Thomas Jefferson 1,460[a] 2 Served one full term.
32 James S. Sherman 1,336 27 Died in office.
33 Lyndon B. Johnson 1,036 37 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of John F. Kennedy.
34 Henry Wilson 993 18 Died in office.
35 Garret Hobart 992[a] 24 Died in office.
36 Calvin Coolidge 881 29 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Warren G. Harding.
37 Nelson Rockefeller 763 41 Selected to succeed Vice President Gerald Ford.
38 Elbridge Gerry 629 5 Died in office.
39 Millard Fillmore 492 12 Succeeded to presidency upon the death of Zachary Taylor.
40 Thomas A. Hendricks 266 21 Died in office.
41 Gerald Ford 246 40 Selected to succeed Vice President Spiro Agnew, and subsequently succeeded to the presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.
42 Chester A. Arthur 199 20 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of James A. Garfield.
43 Theodore Roosevelt 194 25 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of William McKinley.
44 Harry S. Truman 82 34 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
45 Mike Pence 62 48 Incumbent, serving his first term of office.
46 William R. King 45 13 Died in office.
47 Andrew Johnson 42 16 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Abraham Lincoln.
48 John Tyler 31 10 Succeeded to the presidency upon the death of William Henry Harrison.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Of years evenly divisible by 100, only those evenly divisible by 400 are leap years. The years 1800 and 1900 are divisible by 100, but not by 400. as a result, the term of Thomas Jefferson (1797–1801) did not include a 366-day leap year, and so was one day shorter than a normal full term, as would have been the term of Garret Hobart (1897–1901) had he lived to finish it. The year 2000 is divisible by 400 and so did include one, thus Al Gore's second term (1997–2001) was not shorter than his first.
  2. ^ The 20th Amendment (ratified January 23, 1933) moved Inauguration Day from March 4 to January 20. The 1937 presidential inauguration was the first to take place on the new date. As a result, John Nance Garner's first term in office (1933–1937) was only 1,418 days long, 1 month and 12 days shorter than a normal term.
  3. ^ Due to logistical delays, John Adams assumed the office of Vice President 1 month and 17 days after the March 4, 1789 scheduled start of operations of the new government under the Constitution. As a result, his first term (1789–1793) was only 1,413 days long, and was the shortest term for a U.S. vice president who neither died in office nor resigned.

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