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U.S. Vice Presidents Who Became President

Can you guess the Vice Presidents of the United States who later went on to become President?
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Last updated: August 3, 2023
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First submittedDecember 21, 2016
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Inaugurated
Reason
Answer
1797
Elected
John Adams
1801
Elected
Thomas Jefferson
1837
Elected
Martin Van Buren
1841
Death
John Tyler
1850
Death
Millard Fillmore
1865
Assassination
Andrew Johnson
1881
Assassination
Chester A. Arthur
1901
Assassination
Theodore Roosevelt
Inaugurated
Reason
Answer
1923
Death
Calvin Coolidge
1945
Death
Harry Truman
1963
Assassination
Lyndon B. Johnson
1969
Elected
Richard Nixon
1974
Resignation
Gerald Ford
1989
Elected
George H. W. Bush
2021
Elected
Joe Biden
24 Comments
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Level 68
Dec 21, 2016
Thomas Jefferson seems like a pretty major omission.
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Level 90
Dec 21, 2016
Andrew Johnson seems like a very major omission.
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Level 85
Dec 21, 2016
Nixon under Eisenhower
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Level 40
Dec 22, 2016
You're all right, my bad. Huffington Post is a bad source. I've added those answers in.
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Level 4
Apr 13, 2018
Git all these right
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Level 84
Aug 26, 2018
Great quiz.

Interesting that five were elected, four inherited the office after assassination, and four inherited the office from natural death. A VP has about equal odds of becoming president by any of those methods. Pence could be the second by resignation, or the first by impeachment.

Also interesting that there was a 132 year gap between VPs getting elected, from Van Buren to Nixon, during which time (all) eight VPs became president due to the elected president's death.

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Level 40
Aug 27, 2018
Thanks sumguy! I thought it was an interesting trend to make a quiz on. Based on your analysis, it seems we think similarly :)
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2021
And now Biden has become the sixth to get elected!
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2023
Weird distinction drawn between death/assassination here. But I suppose it's helpful since it's common knowledge which presidents were assassinated in office.
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Level 75
Aug 20, 2023
There are, in fact, people in this world who aren't Americans, and therefore might not know that as a matter of course. Actually, 96% of people in the world aren't Americans. But then, Americans are famously bad at remembering that.
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Level 73
Aug 20, 2023
Where's kal when you need him?
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Level 90
Aug 20, 2023
90% of the world aren’t Europeans either. That’s something that also tends to be forgotten.
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Level 72
Aug 20, 2023
Tyler, the first to succeed to the office because of the death of the President, was called "His Accidency."
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Level 83
Aug 4, 2023
I see there are only two presidents who previously served as vice president under a president who previously served as vice president.
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2023
1:39 used
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Level 70
Aug 20, 2023
Seems like VPs don't make very good Presidents, with 3–4 exceptions.
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Level 57
Aug 20, 2023
Biden and Nixon stole it.
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Level 71
Aug 20, 2023
Dawww.
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Level 90
Aug 20, 2023
They stole it?! BAGGINS!!!
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Level 56
Aug 20, 2023
I hope Kamala never makes this list
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Level 90
Aug 20, 2023
Better hope nothing happens to Biden then.
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Level 70
Aug 20, 2023
The way we're going now, it seems we'll have to hope that for five more years.
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Level 70
Aug 21, 2023
Made a similar quiz a while back - https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/150790/us-presidents-who-where-vice-presidents
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Level 75
Feb 19, 2024
This quiz was submitted five years before.