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Vice President Alben W. Barkley Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN W. BARKLEY
Born: November 24, 1877
Died: April 30, 1956
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Alben W. Barkley, the oldest U.S. Vice President (he started at 71 on January 20, 1949 and left office in 1953 at 75), Barkley was Democratic leader of the Senate from 1937 until his inauguration as Truman's Vice President in 1949. When Truman declined to run for reelection in 1952, Barkley sought the Democratic presidential nomination and finished fourth on the third ballot that nominated Adlai E. Stevenson. This was the last major party convention not to nominate a candidate on the first ballot. He returned to the Senate in 1955, dying in 1956.

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