The political unfoldings in the United States have taken an exciting and historic dimension as Joe Biden became the oldest president elected in American history.
The Democrat was on Wednesday, January 20, sworn in as the 46th American leader. Interestingly, he also became the 15th vice president who became president.
Legit.ng outlines a list of US vice presidents that were elevated to the position of president either through death, nomination, and presidential resignation.
1. John Adams
Adams was George Washington’s vice president. He was elected after Washington retired and became the second United States president. He was the first American leader to live in the White House.
2. Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson served as the second vice president of the United States. He was the vice to the second US president before he ran against his boss, John Adams and won in 1800.
3. Martin van Buren
Buren was a founder of the Democratic Party. He served as Andrew Jackson’s vice before he became America’s eight president.
4. John Tyler
Tyler briefly served as the tenth US vice president in 1841 when William Henry Harrison was president.
He became the tenth president of the United States upon the death of Harrison.
5. Millard Fillmore
Fillmore, a member of the Whig Party was former President Zachary Taylor’s vice. He assumed the presidency upon Taylor's death to be the 13th president.
6. Andrew Johnson
Johnson was the vice president of Abraham Lincoln. He became the 17th president of the United States after Lincoln's assassination.
7. Chester Arthur
He was the 20th vice president during the administration of James A. Garfield. Just like Johnson, Arthur became the 21st president two months after Garfield was assassinated.
8. Theodore Roosevelt
Roosevelt popularly known as T.R was the 26th US president. He was a member of the Republican Party who served as William McKinley’s vice.
9. Calvin Coolidge
Coolidge, a member of the Republican Party was vice president during Warren G. Harding’s tenure. He became the 30th president after Harding's death.
10. Harry Truman
Truman became the 33rd president of the United States after serving as the 34th vice president.
He assumed the president after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman was then elected to a full term.
11. Lyndon Johnson
Johnson who was known by the initials LBJ was John F Kennedy’s vice president.
He previously served as America’s 37th vice president before becoming the 36th president. Johnson assumed the presidency following the assassination of Kennedy.
12. Richard Nixon
Nixon, a member of the Republican Party was the 36th vice president during Dwight Eisenhower’s tenure. Eight years later, he became the 37th president of the US.
13. Gerald Ford
Ford was the 40th and Nixon’s vice president. He went on to become the 38th president of the United States after Nixon resigned.
See how Nigerian legend Pastor Taribo West earlier prophesied that Donald Trump will defeat Joe Biden in US Elections (video)
He is the only person to serve as both president and vice president without been elected to either office.
14. George H.W. Bush
Bush served as Ronald Reagan’s vice president before becoming 41st president after his predecessor’s limited-term presidency.
15. Joseph R. Biden
The newly inaugurated present served as vice president to Barack Obama. Biden is the 15th vice who later became president.
The 78-year-old is the second, along with Nixon, to have a gap between serving as vice president and being elected president.
3 Nigerians who shone brightly at the US elections | - on Legit TV