7 vice presidents who became president – what about Mike Pence?

Speaking Vice President Mike Pence at CPAC 2017

With Trump’s approval ratings tumbling, could Pence be preparing to become president? Here are 7 VPs who got the top job.

In American political history, fourteen vice presidents went on to serve as president of the United States, the first being John Adams who took over from George Washington in 1797. Here are the seven most recent vice presidents who subsequently became vice president.

1. Theordore Roosevelt

This Republican briefly served as William McKinley’s VP before the latter’s assassination, paving the way for Roosevelt to become president in September 1901. The 26th president went on to win a second term at the 1904 election and was succeeded by fellow Republican William Howard Taft in 1908.

2. Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge served as vice president under Warren G. Harding before ascending to the presidency after the latter’s death. He served in the top job between 1923 and 1929. Coolidge had the option to run for a third term in 1928, but did not do so, and was succeeded by fellow Republican Herbert Hoover.

3. Harry S. Truman

After Democrat Franklin Roosevelt won his fourth election victory in a row, he soon passed away, allowing his VP Truman to take over as president. Perhaps one of Truman’s most striking legacies is that he served as president when the US dropped nuclear weapons on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan.

He went on to win a second term in 1948.

Harry Truman, Clement Attlee and Mackenzie King boarding the USCG Sequoia to discuss the atomic bomb, November 1945

4. Richard Nixon

Nixon is best known for the Watergate scandal, but he also served as Dwight Eisenhower’s vice president for eight years between 1952 and 1961. At the 1960 election, Nixon hoped to succeed his president, but lost out to the Democrats’ John F. Kennedy. It would be another eight years before Nixon rose to the top job.

He won the 1968 election, but his second term was cut short in 1974 when he resigned over Watergate.

Richard Nixon Badge

5. Lyndon B. Johnson

This Democrat served as John F. Kennedy’s vice president between 1961 and 1963, but became president following his president’s assassination. He won another term in 1964, and had the option to run for a second full term in 1968, due to the ten-year limit, but declined to stand for the nomination.

Commendation - President John F. Kennedy

6. Gerald Ford

Ford became vice president under Nixon after Spiro Agnew left the post. Then, when Nixon stepped down as president, Ford took over as commander-in-chief. Ford is therefore the only US president to get the job having not been elected to either president or vice president beforehand.

He stood for re-election in 1976, but lost out to Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter.

President Gerald Ford, MCAS El Toro, 1976

7. George H. W. Bush

After eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president, Bush won the 1988 presidential election, securing four further years of Republican rule. Had Bush gone on to win the 1992 election, it would have guaranteed a full sixteen years of Republican control of the White House, but Bill Clinton defeated him that year to become the 42nd president of the United States.