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Burr, Calhoun, Agnew, Cheney—Who Is Worst Vice President Ever?

Some say our current President is the worst President ever. That could be true.

It may also be so that Vice President Richard Cheney is our nation’s worst Vice President in history. 

Let’s review the candidates for this distinction along with the years each served as Vice President—

Aaron Burr of New York (1801-1805)—While Vice President, Mr. Burr shot and killed founding father Alexander Hamilton in a duel. After leaving office, Mr. Burr would scheme to form a new nation involving the western holdings of the United States. 

John C. Calhoun of South Carolina (1825-1833)—In opposition to tariffs approved by Congress and by President Andrew Jackson, Vice President Calhoun took his native South Carolina to the brink of secession with his false doctrines of interposition and nullification. Later President Jackson would say he regretted not having hung Calhoun.

Spiro Agnew of Maryland (1969-1973)—Mr. Agnew resigned in disgrace for tax evasion while Governor of Maryland. Vice President Agnew was also the right-wing attack dog for President Richard Nixon.

Richard Cheney of Wyoming and Texas (2001-Current)— Mr. Cheney has played a key role in the failed invasion of Iraq. He has advocated a great and unneeded secrecy in government. Mr. Cheney has also claimed that the Vice President is not part of the executive branch.  

My pick–Calhoun

July 19, 2007 - Posted by | Lousy People, Political History


  1. Good post, and great new look here. How was the migration?

    Comment by PDiddie | July 19, 2007

  2. Great new look.

    Hard to compare.

    Comment by ecthompson | July 19, 2007

  3. Diddie–WordPress makes it easy as could be to change the look of the blog. Thanks for the compliments.

    Dr.Thompson—Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 19, 2007

  4. Beyond any doubt Dick Cheney is the very worst VP in the history of our country. He even more that Bush pushed to invade Iraq based on lies and Cheney hype. No other VP worked so hard to destroy American values and our Constitution.

    Comment by Chet | September 15, 2007

  5. My vote goes to Agnew. Ol Spiro T was a crook who gave hard core law and order speeches when he himself was taking bribes for political favors given.

    Can we say hypocrite?

    Comment by Kent | December 27, 2007

  6. Imagine that we have this list and Dan Quayle is not even a contender.

    Mr. Agnew was indeed a crook.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 27, 2007

  7. Who’s the Black dude in portrait?

    Comment by Charles | July 3, 2008

  8. It’s at the bottom of the text below the painting.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 3, 2008

  9. Good list; whether I agree with your actual order depends mostly on what day it is and what mood I’m in. But one technical point, Calhoun was VP only until 1832; he resigned in disgust after Jackson effectively gutted Calhoun’s credibility during the so-called Nullification Crisis.

    Comment by Conrad von Metzke | December 22, 2008

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