George Clinton (1739-1812) was elected United States’ vice president in 1808, serving under President James Madison (1751-1836). Why was this strange?

Answer: Clinton only stood as vice-president begrudgingly after the Democratic – Republican Party passed him over for the presidency in favour of Madison. As a result, he offered no support to Madison, he refused to attend his inauguration and openly opposed the new president’s policies.

Source: Maligned Presidents – The Late 19th Century by Max J. Skidmore

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