Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins Drinks Himself to Death
Daniel D. Tompkins was the sixth Vice President of the United States.
Tompkins served the entirety of James Monroe’s Administration.
He was also a longtime Governor of New York who oversaw the War of 1812 for his State.
Daniel D. Tompkins
Daniel D. Tompkins was a brilliant young lawyer.
At just 30-years-old, Tompkins turned was elected to the US House of Representatives but resigned before taking office as he was already elected to the New York State Supreme Court.
Three years later, Daniel was elected Governor of New York.
Tompkins held the highest office in New York for a full decade.
During this time, he withstood challenges from revolutionary luminaries such as Rufus King and Stephen Van Renssellaer.
Daniel served through the War of 1812. New York was an important battleground as it held one of the longest Canadian borders.
Tompkins gained national fame leading the soldiers from New York in this war. Additionally, he sacrificed gigantic sums of his own money to pay for military operations.
In 1817, Daniel D. Tompkins, now 43 years young, was selected to run for Vice President on the ticket with James Monroe.
The pair won easily and Daniel was suddenly stationed in the second highest office in the land.
Unfortunately, he was never fully repaid for his expensive in the war and fell into financial ruin.
This was during the Era of Good Feelings and his responsibilities were limited, so he decided to again run for Governor of New York...while Vice President!
Curiously, this was the second time in 16 years this happened. Aaron Burr had done the same thing just two Presidents earlier. The difference was that after Tompkins lost the election, he continued as Vice President of the United States.
Also interesting is the fact that Daniel was the only Vice President in the 19th century to serve two full terms.
Unfortunately, the disappointment of losing the election coupled with his money troubles led Tompkins to the bottle.
He fell into alcoholism and passed away in 1725. This helped Tompkins set another peculiar record...he lived a shorter post-VP life than anyone else to hold the position.
Daniel died just 99 days after his term expired.
Here are some other Founders who went bankrupt:
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