Dec. 06 (Friday)

The 24th U.S. Vice President
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 Garret Augustus Hobart
Full Name: Garret Augustus Hobart
Born: June 3, 1844 in Long Branch, New Jersey
Died: Nov. 21, 1899 in Paterson, New Jersey

Garret Augustus Hobart was the 24th Vice President of the United States (1897-99) in the Republican administration of President William McKinley. A wealthy corporate lawyer, his political career began with service in New Jersey’s state assembly (1873-74), followed by the state senate (1877-82). Hobart was chosen as vice president partly because he shared McKinley’s support of the gold standard.

While in office Hobart enjoyed an unusually close relationship with the president and was often consulted on major policy issues. His most important act took place at the close of the Spanish-American War in 1899, when he cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate against an amendment that would have given the Philippine Islands independence. Another significant act was dying in office, as five other vice presidents did.