Alben W. Barkley Biography
(35th Vice President of the U.S)
Birthday: November 24, 1877 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Lowes, Kentucky
Alben Barkley was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 35th Vice President of the United States, from 1949 to 1953, in the administration of Harry S. Truman. Barkley served as a member of Congress for almost 40 years and was one of the chief architects of the New Deal program. A native of Kentucky, Alben Barkley, after attending public schools and graduating from Marvin College, Barkley studied law and was later admitted to the bar in 1901. Soon, he started his legal practice and also continued his law studies at the University of Virginia. Then, Barkley served as the prosecuting attorney for McCracken County and was subsequently elected the judge of the county court. Thereafter, Barkley was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, where he served seven straight terms, from 1913 to 1927, before his election to the Senate. He was re-elected as the U.S. Senator from Kentucky four times successively, serving until he resigned in 1949. Next, he was elected the Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with President Harry S. Truman, a capacity in which he served until 1953. After completing his term, Barkley sought the 1952 presidential nomination but his party members refused to consider his standing due to his old age. In 1955, he was again elected to the United States Senate and served for just over a year, until his demise due to a heart attack while delivering a speech.