Friday, July 16, 2004

Answer to Political Trivia #1

If you recall, I posed this question yesterday:
Q: Last Tuesday, Sen. John Kerry chose a fellow John, Edwards of North Carolina, to be his Vice Presidential running mate. One might wonder if two candidates with the same first name have ever run on the same Presidential ticket. Well, after a little research, I found out that it has happened twice in our history. Once, the ticket was successful and won the Presidency. The other time, the two men were defeated. Even if you're no Ken Jennings, take the time to think about this and comment if you so desire. I will post the answer tomorrow.
A: Courtsey of NPR online, here is the answer:
1916: Charles Evans Hughes and Charles Fairbanks (R- Loser)
1824: John Quincy Adams and John C. Calhoun (Democratic-Republican Party -Winner)
In addition, user eric cioffoletti noted that I actually missed one other option. Woodrow Wilson's actual first name was Thomas. His VP was Thomas R. Marshall. I checked his assertion out and it appears to be true. So in reality, there are three tickets who fit this distinction.
Thank you for playing.


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