Hannibal Hamlin: The Least Popular Vice President – News Block

The official vice presidential photograph of Hannibal Hamlin, the fifteenth Vice President of the United States under Abraham Lincoln

The first vice president under Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin, narrowly lost the presidency, having been replaced as vice president by Andrew Johnson just a month before Lincoln’s assassination.

A Republican like Lincoln unlike Johnson, Hannibal Hamlin was relatively unpopular with the people and Lincoln, the latter of whom removed him from his 1860 re-election ticket in favor of the southerner Johnson.

However, even after his term as vice president ended, Hannibal Hamlin had quite an interesting career as a senator, collector of Boston Harbor, and foreign ambassador before retiring.

Early life

A start in politics

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Post-Vice Presidential Politics

Later life and death


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