John Calhoun Sr

John Caldwell Calhoun Sr (1782 - 1850)

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Vice Pres. John Caldwell Calhoun Sr
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Preceded by
6th Vice President
Daniel D. Tompkins

Preceded by
15th Secretary

Abel P. Upshur

Preceded by
9th Secretary

William H. Crawford

Preceded by
Robert Y. Hayne

Preceded by
Daniel Elliott Huger
John C. Calhoun
7th Vice President
of the United States
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16th United States
Secretary of State
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10th United States
Secretary of War
US Secretary of War

US Senator (Class 2)
from South Carolina

Seal of of the US Senate
US Senator (Class 2)
from South Carolina

Succeeded by
8th Vice President
Martin Van Buren

Succeeded by
17th Secretary

James Buchanan

Succeeded by
11th Secretary

James Barbour

Succeeded by
Daniel Elliott Huger

Succeeded by
Franklin H. Elmore



John C. Calhoun was the 7th Vice President of the United States serving from March 4, 1825 till December 28, 1832 under 6th and 7th presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.

John C. Calhoun was among other things a nationalist, a "war hawk", a supporter of slavery and of states rights.


John Caldwell Calhoun, son of Patrick & Martha (Caldwell) Calhoun, was born March 18, 1782[2], in Abbeville, South Carolina[3].


His family were pioneers of South Carolina, who quickly rose to prominence, and John was given the advantage of an excellent education. He attended Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, and graduated in Sept 1804. He studied law at the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut, and continued his law education in Charleston and Abbeville, South Carolina. He was admitted to the bar in 1807[2].


Well established in life, John married on Jan 8, 1811, Floride Colhoun (Feb 15, 1792-July 25, 1866), a cousin[2].

Timeline of Political Highlights

Oct. 13, 1807 - Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Dec. 15,1808 - Appointed aide to Gov. Drayton, given the rank of Lieutenant-colonel.
1810, 1812, 1814, & 1816 Elected to Congress as a Democratic Republican.
Oct 8, 1817, he left Congress to become the Secretary of War under President James Monroe.
March 4, 1825-Dec 28, 1832 elected as Vice President of the United States in 1824 with John Quincy Adams and in 1832 as the running mate of Andrew Jackson.
Dec 12, 1832 Senator Robert Hayne from South Carolina was elected Governor and John was elected to replace him.
Jan 4, 1833 began his term as Senator. He was reelected 1834 and 1840, and served until March 4, 1843.
1844, candidate for US president. He withdrew Jan 20 1844.
March 6, 1844-March 6, 1845 was appointed Secretary of State by President Tyler; served one year.
Nov 26, 1845 again elected to Senate, where he served until his death.

There are many articles and books written about Vice-President John C. Calhoun, that can be consulted to flesh out his political life and positions.


He died in Washington, D.C. March 31, 1850[2]. He was buried at Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA. There is also a memorial at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, USA. It is said that his body was moved several times, from Washington to Charleston; then from one side of the cemetery to the other to protect it from vandals during the civil war and the returned after the war.[4]


  1. Andrew Pickens Calhoun married (1) Miss Chappell; (2) Margaret Green.
  2. Anna Maria Calhoun (Feb. 13, 1817-Sep 22, 1875) m. Thomas G. Clemson
  3. Patrick Calhoun (Feb 9, 1821-June 1, 1858); not married.
  4. John Caldwell Calhoun (May 17, 1823-July 31, 1855), a physician; married (1) Anzie Adams; (2) Kate Kirby Putnam.
  5. Martha Cornelia Calhoun (Apr. 22, 1824-May 2, 1857.)
  6. James Calhoun went to California and died there unmarried.
  7. William Lowndes Calhoun (Aug 13, 1829-Sept 19, 1858) married (1) Margaret Cloud and (2) his brother's widow Mrs. Kate Putnam Calhoun.
There are rumors that John C. Calhoun was the father of Abraham Lincoln by the barmaid Nancy Hanks, who later married Thomas Lincoln. There are also rumors that Lincoln's father was an Abraham Enloe.[5][6][7]


  • Eleven U.S. states have named counties in honor of John C. Calhoun: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. The previous ten are all named Calhoun County. In addition, Caldwell County, Iowa is also named in his honor.


  1. Died in office, vacant March 31, 1850 – April 11, 1850 when successor elected.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Salley, A. S. Jr. The Calhoun family of South Carolina. Published 1906
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  5. Rootsweb
  6. [ "Did Abraham Lincoln have Marfan Syndrome?
  7. "The Paternity of Abraham Lincoln."

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On 6 Apr 2016 at 02:27 GMT Donnie Blackstone wrote:

7th Cousins 7 times removed to Blackstone-170

On 30 Nov 2014 at 14:43 GMT Fred Prisley wrote:

Calhoun-1008 and Calhoun-124 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents, birth & death dates - both shown as 7th Vice President of the US

John is 19 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 18 degrees from Katy Jurado and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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