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A Forgotten Vice President

August 23, 2016

On June 29 the new President spoke to a large gathering of his administration.  This was not a political event, but rather a meeting to get the Federal budget under control.  “We want to reverse things,” the President announced.

Then the head of the newly created Budget Bureau spoke.  There was a huge army surplus left over from the recent war.  Many government offices had outlived their usefulness.  There was unnecessary spending everywhere.  The new Budget Bureau was not going to add to the problem.  Instead, its chief would set the example by using secondhand furniture in his office.

The new President was Warren G. Harding.  The year was 1921.  Harding would not live out his term of office, but would be succeeded by Calvin Coolidge.  When Coolidge ran for a term of his own in 1924, the head of the Budget Bureau became his running mate.  The ticket was elected, and on March 4, 1925 Charles G. Dawes was sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

By the way, in 1924 Dawes chaired a committee to solve the World War I reparations problem.  For his work on this issue he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925.

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