Vice presidential vacancies, part 3
August 6, 2021
Previously, we noted that the United States has been without a vice president for approximately 36 years since the Constitution of the United States went into effect in 1789.
As we will see, most of these times occurred between 1812 (when the first vice presidential vacancy occurred) and 1949 (when Harry Truman began his only full, four-year presidential term).
Interestingly, most Americans alive today have never witnessed a vice presidential vacancy. The last one ended in December 1974, and the U.S. Census Bureau says that over 60 percent of us were born after that date.