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Ulysses S. Grant

Presidency

Who was Grant’s first vice president?

Grant’s vice president for his first term was Schuyler Colfax of Indiana, who was Speaker of the House. Colfax believed that Grant would not run for reelection and that he could then rise to the presidency. But Grant took a liking to the presidency and decided to run for reelection in 1872. Colfax tried to regain the vice presidency, but Grant knew Colfax’s ambition and favored Henry Wilson, who became Grant’s vice president for his second term.



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