Profession: U.S. Vice President
One of South Carolina's most distinguished orators and statesmen, Calhoun was born in Abbeville, SC. During his lengthy political career Calhoun served in the South Carolina legislature, the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, as the United States Secretary of State, and as Vice President under two Presidents from different political parties. Throughout his public life Calhoun was an ardent spokesman for states' rights and agrarian interests. John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, and Henry Clay of Kentucky were the dominant political figures during the first half of the nineteenth century.