John C. Calhoun Biography
(7th Vice President of the U.S.A)
Birthday: March 18, 1782 (Pisces)
Born In: Abbeville
John C. Calhoun was an American politician who served as the 7th Vice President of the United States. He was in the office from 1825 to 1832, firstly in the administration of John Quincy Adams, and then under Andrew Jackson. Born in South Carolina to a farmer, after completing his graduation from Yale College, Calhoun studied law and was admitted to the bar. Later, upon entering into politics, Calhoun initially served in South Carolina's legislature and was subsequently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he retained for three terms. Between 1817 and 1825, Calhoun was appointed as Secretary of War under President James Monroe and then ran for the presidency in the 1824 election but later withdrew his name and ran for the office of the vice president unopposed. Thus, Calhoun became the Vice President of United States under John Quincy Adams and was later re-elected in 1828 under Andrew Jackson. Calhoun was a supporter of states' rights and nullification, and when Jackson supported the Tariff of 1828, it caused a rift between Calhoun and Jackson which eventually led to Calhoun’s resignation, the first vice president to do so. After resigning, Calhoun was re-elected to the Senate, and also served as the Secretary of State for some time. He was a firm advocate of the practice of slavery, and during his last years as a senate, Calhoun was a leading voice among those seeking to protect the institution of slavery.