John C. Calhoun Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


John C. Calhoun

Birthday :

March 18, 1782

Died On :

March 31, 1850

Also Known For :

U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative

Birth Place :

Abbeville, South Carolina, United States of America

Zodiac Sign :


John Caldwell Calhoun was an America politician, political theorist, and a statesman. Born on March 18, 1782,  served as the seventh Vice President of the United States of America from 1825 to 1832. He was an avid defender of slavery and advanced the concept of minority rights in politics. 

To be an advocate for states rights, nullifications, limited government and opposed high tariffs, which he had previously supported. He started his political career as a member of the House of Representative in 1912 and was the leader of the war hawk faction. John C. Calhoun was supportive of the War of 1812, aimed to defend America from the British violations of American independent and staying neutral from the Napoleonic Wars. In 1817, 

Early Life was appointed to serve as the Secretary of War under President James Monroe, helping to reorganise and modernise the deplorable War Department and held that office until 1825. During 1824, election ,John C. Calhoun unsuccessfully sought the nomination to contest for the presidency .The Electoral College overwhelmingly elected him as a vice president and served under John Quincy Adam from 1824 to 1828 and under Andrew Jackson from 1828 to 1832 when he resigned. John C. Calhoun  later served as a Senator, Secretary of State under John Tyler 1944 to 1845.

 was born to Patrick Calhoun and Martha Caldwell on March 18, 1782, in Abbeville District, South Carolina. His father was a surveyor, farmer and a politician and a member of the South Carolina Legislature. Also known as, the Indian fighter, Patrick was a patriot of the American Revolution. John C. Calhoun  was opposed to confirmation of the federal constitution on the grounds of states’ right and personal freedoms. John C. Calhoun  was a brilliant chap and briefly enrolled in an academy in Appling, Georgia, but was later closed. He then had to receive aprivate education. 

After the death of his father, John C. Calhoun , who was 14 years at the time took over the running of the family farms, as his other brothers were out to pursue a business career. Throughout this time, he kept on reading while taking an interested in fishing and hunting .Four years later ,John C. Calhoun  resumed his education after the Academy was reopened. In 1802, John C. Calhoun  enrolled at the Yale College in Connecticut with financial support from his brothers. In 1804, John C. Calhoun  graduated as valedictorian and later enrolled at the Tapping Reeve Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. While there, he worked under Tapping Reeve and James Gould. In 1807, he admitted to the South Carolina Bar.

House Of Representatives

In 1810 ,John C. Calhoun  won a seat in the House of Representatives. Calhoun along with Speaker Henry Clay of Kentucky and William Lowndes, a South Carolina congressman, became the leaders of the War Hawks. The three stood against all odds and demanded a war against Britain to maintain the American dignity and republican values, violated by the British with their refusal to recognise American shipping rights. Being a member and later the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, John C. Calhoun  was instrumental in the drafting two documents, the Report on Foreign Relations and the War Report of 1812 in his quest to push for war.

Finally, on June 18, 1812, the United States war on Britain, which became the War of 1812. The war was successful,l but with many repercussions, including the initial economic hardship and mismanagement of the army after the war ended in 1815. It also led the War Department in a deplorable state that no one wanted to assume that office. In 1817, President James Monroe appointedCalhoun as the Secretary of War and he served until 1825. Before his appointment, four people had already turned the offer down the offer.


Vice Presidency

In 1824, John C. Calhoun  as a Secretary of War contested for the Presidency of the United States during the election of 1824. John C. Calhoun  had competition from other candidates likeWilliam H. Crawford, Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay. However, his ambition became unsuccessful because he failed to gain the endorsement of the  South Carolina legislature. With this, John C. Calhoun  was supported to seek for the vice presidential slot. John C. Calhoun  was massively gained the endorsement of the Electoral College, receiving 182 votes out of the 261.

He, therefore, became the vice president as the House of Representatives, also declared John Quincy Adam victorious over Andrew Jackson as president. As the vice, John C. Calhoun  was in many times in opposition to Adams policies, including high tariff policies, foreign policies. He, therefore, decided to back Jackson in the 1828 election. Jackson returned this by selecting him as his vice president and eventually defeated Adams during the election. John C. Calhoun  then became the second vice president to serve under two different presidents. John C. Calhoun  resigned from his position on December 28, 1932, to contest the Senate of South Carolina. 


U.S. Senate

On December 28, 1932, John C. Calhoun  assumed his seat in the Senate. With his strong involvement in the Nullification Crisis, which aimedto repeal the Tariff of 1828, John C. Calhoun  became virtually independent with no political party to align. John C. Calhoun  initially aligned himself with the Whig Party but did not support their promotion of federally subsidised "internal improvements" and a national bank. John C. Calhoun  was sometimes also sympathetic to the policies of the Democrats. On March 4, 1843, John C. Calhoun  resigned from the Senate. He became a secretary of State on April 10, 1844, after the death of his predecessor, Abel P Upshur during the USS Princeton disaster.  In 1845, John C. Calhoun  was once again elected to the Senate of South Carolina after the incumbent, Daniel Elliot Huger resigned.

During this second term, John C. Calhoun  strongly opposed the Mexican-American War. He, therefore, abstained from voting when Congress declared war against Mexico on May 13, 1845. He was also against the Wilmot Proviso, a proposal by David Wilmot, a Pennsylvania Representative in 1846, which was to ban slavery in all newly acquired territories.


Personal Life

John Calhoun married Floride Bonneau Calhoun in January 1811. The couple had ten children, John C. Calhoun , Floride Pure Calhoun, Jane Calhoun, Anna Maria Calhoun, Elizabeth Calhoun, Patrick Calhoun and John Caldwell Calhoun Jr. The rest are Martha Cornelia Calhoun, James Edward Calhoun, and William Lowndes Calhoun. However, three including, Floride Pure, Jane, and Elizabeth could not survive infancy. John Calhoun died of tuberculosis on March 31, 1950, at the Old Brick Capital boarding house in Washington D.C.

He was initially buried at the St Philip’s Churchyard in Charleston, South Carolina. His coffin was later removed to a hiding place and later reburied in an unmarked grave during the Civil War. This was because his some of his friends feared his grave may be destroyed by Federal troops during the war. In 1871, the body was exhumed and returned to the original grave.

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