Politics The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time  

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Here are the greatest United States Vice Presidents, ranked from best to worst. Vote up on the good VPs, and vote down on the bad ones. 

When America remembers the best vice presidents, names like Lyndon Johnson and Al Gore often come up. Although they had their mistakes, these VPs contributed much to their nation. Of course, there were U.S. Vice Presidents who utterly failed at their jobs. George H.W. Bush's Vice President Dan Quayle often made a fool of himself in the media (the "potatoe" incident). 

On November 8, 2016, Governor of Indiana Mike Pence was elected as the 48th Vice President. Appointed chairman of President Donald Trump's transition team, Vice President Mike Pence serves an important role as a mediator between the President and congressional Republicans. 

Don't forget to rerank this list and make your own version of the greatest U.S. Vice Presidents.

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1
1,595 401
Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic-Republican Party - 2nd Vice President (under John Adams), 1797-1801

2
1,646 309
Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 25th Vice President (under William McKinley) - 1901

3
1,121 415
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Federalist Party - 1st Vice President (under George Washington) - 1789-1797

4
1,156 541
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 34th Vice President (under Franklin D. Roosevelt) - 1945

5
1,226 1,016
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 43rd Vice President (under Ronald Reagan) - 1981-1989

6
1,817 1,415
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 47th Vice President (under Barack Obama) 2009 - Present

7
832 1,020
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 37th Vice President (under John F. Kennedy) - 1961-1963

8
794 791
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 40th Vice President (under Richard Nixon) - 1973-1974

9
563 589
Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 29th Vice President (under Warren G. Harding) - 1921-1923

10
1,099 1,330
Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 45th Vice President (under Bill Clinton) - 1993-2001

11
710 1,092
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 36th Vice President (under Dwight Eisenhower) 1953-1961

12
514 633
Hubert Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 38th Vice President (under Lyndon Johnson) - 1965-1969

13
307 496
Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 20th Vice President (under James Garfield) - 1881

14
265 570
John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
10th Vice President  (under William Henry Harrison) - 1841

15
241 523
John C. Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 7th Vice President (under John Quincy Adams) - 1825-1832

16
825 1,445
Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
46th Vice President (under George W. Bush) - 2001-2009

17
286 503
Martin Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 8th Vice President (under Andrew Jackson) - 1933-1937

18
403 582
Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 41st Vice President (under Gerald Ford) - 1974-1977

19
493 714
Walter Mondale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 42nd Vice President (under Jimmy Carter) - 1977-1981

20
304 488
Adlai Stevenson I is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 23rd Vice President (under Grover Cleveland) - 1893-1897

21
244 462
Henry A. Wallace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
33rd Vice President (under Franklin Roosevelt) - 1941-1945

22
277 355
George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic-Republican Party - 4th Vice President (under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison) 1805 - 1812

23
172 395
Thomas R. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 28th Vice President (under Woodrow Wilson) - 1913-1921

24
202 384
Charles G. Dawes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 30th Vice President (under Calvin Coolidge) - 1925-1929

25
225 631
Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
16th Vice President (under Abraham Lincoln) - 1865

26
153 412
Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Know Nothing - 12th Vice President (under Millard Fillmore) 1849 - 1850

27
246 631
Aaron Burr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic-Republican Party - 3rd Vice President (under Thomas Jefferson) - 1801-1805

28
181 364
Hannibal Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
15th Vice President (under Abraham Lincoln) - 1861-1865

29
176 318
Alben W. Barkley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 35th Vice President (under Harry Truman) 1949-1953

30
173 306
John Nance Garner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
RobLein added Democratic Party - 32nd Vice President (under Franklin D. Roosevelt) - 1933-1941

31
137 340
James S. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 27th Vice President (under William Howard Taft) - 1909-1912

32
369 843
Dan Quayle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 44th Vice President (under George H.W. Bush) 1989-1993

33
162 224
Charles W. Fairbanks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 26th Vice President (under Theodore Roosevelt) 1905-1909

34
138 311
Garret Hobart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 24th Vice President (under William McKinley) 1897 - 1899

35
123 265
Charles Curtis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 31st Vice President (under Herbert Hoover) 1929-1933

36
136 254
Levi P. Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 22nd Vice President (under Benjamin Harrison) 1889-1893

37
87 267
William A. Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
19th Vice President (under Rutherford Hayes) 1877-1881

38
105 264
Henry Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 18th Vice President (under Ulysses Grant) 1873-1875

39
200 838
Spiro Agnew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Republican Party - 39th Vice President (under Richard Nixon) 1969-1973

40
113 257
George M. Dallas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 11th Vice President (under James K. Polk) 1845-1849

41
133 251
Elbridge Gerry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic-Republican Party - 5th Vice President (under James Madison) 1813-1814

42
105 248
Daniel D. Tompkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic-Republican Party - 6th Vice President (under James Monroe) 1817-1825

43
84 259
Richard Mentor Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
9th Vice President (under Martin Van Buren) 1837-1841

44
82 342
William R. King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 13th Vice President (under Franklin Pierce) 1853

45
96 285
Thomas A. Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
Democratic Party - 21st Vice President (under Grover Cleveland) 1885

46
110 287
Schuyler Colfax is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time
17th Vice President (under Ulysses Grant) 1869-1873