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John Caldwell Calhoun Sr (1782 - 1850)

Vice Pres. John Caldwell Calhoun Sr
Born in Abbeville, South Carolina, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 8 Jan 1811 [location unknown]
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Died at age 68 in Washington D.C., United Statesmap
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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



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

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


John Caldwell Calhoun, son of Patrick Calhoun and Martha (Caldwell) Calhoun, was born 18 March 1782,[2] in Abbeville, South Carolina, United States.[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 September 1804. He studied law at the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut, and continued his legal education in Charleston and Abbeville, South Carolina. He was admitted to the bar in 1807.[2]


Well established in life, John married his cousin, Floride Bonneau Calhoun on 08 January 1811. She was born 15 February 1792 and died 25 July 1866.[2]

Timeline of Political Highlights

13 October 1807 - Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives.
15 December 1808 - Appointed aide to Gov. Drayton, given the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
1810, 1812, 1814, and 1816 - Elected to Congress as a Democratic Republican.
08 October 1817 - He left Congress to become the Secretary of War under President James Monroe.
04 March 1825 - 28 December 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.
12 December 1832 - Senator Robert Hayne from South Carolina was elected Governor and John was elected to replace him.
04 January 1833 - Began his term as Senator. He was re-elected 1834 and 1840, and served until 04 March 1843.
1844 - Candidate for U. S. President. He withdrew 20 January 1844.
06 March 1844 - 06 March 1845 - Was appointed Secretary of State by President Tyler; served one year.
26 November 1845 - Again elected to Senate, where he served until his death.

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


He died in Washington, D.C. on 31 March 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.



  • Eleven U. S. states have named counties in honor of John Caldwell 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.
  • Later in life, Calhoun became known as the "cast-iron man" for his rigid defense of white Southern beliefs and practices. His concept of republicanism emphasized approval of slavery and minority states' rights as particularly embodied by the South. He owned dozens of slaves in Fort Hill, South Carolina. Calhoun asserted that slavery, rather than being a "necessary evil", was a "positive good" that benefited both slaves and owners.[5]


  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.The Calhoun Family of South Carolina (Salley,1906)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  5. Personal Life, Wikipedia

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Per our agreement with the USBH project, the US Presidents project asks that you add the needed information.
posted by Robin Lee
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
posted by Fred Prisley

Rejected matches › John Calhoun (abt.1783-)