INDIANAPOLIS — If Donald Trump decides to select Republican Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, it will give Indiana its eighth major-party vice presidential nominee in 200 years of statehood.
All indications point to Trump’s choosing Pence as his running mate, but the campaign has not officially announced his choice. The campaign was slated to make that announcement at 10 a.m. Region time in Manhattan.
That announcement was delayed indefinitely by Trump after the attack in Nice, France Thursday afternoon.
Five of those Hoosiers won election and were just a heartbeat away from ascending to the most important job in the federal government — though none did.
Only New York has been home to more vice presidents than Indiana, with 11.
The most recent Hoosier veep was Republican Dan Quayle, of Huntington.
He was No. 2 under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993.
Quayle followed in the footsteps of Vice Presidents Schuyler Colfax, Republican, 1869-73; Thomas Hendricks, Democrat, 1885; Charles Fairbanks, Republican, 1905-09; and Thomas Marshall, Democrat, 1913-21.
Hendricks and Fairbanks share the distinction of being vice presidential nominees for multiple presidential candidates.
Prior to winning in 1884 with Grover Cleveland, Hendricks ran with Democrat Samuel Tilden on the losing side of the disputed 1876 presidential election that put Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in the White House in exchange for ending the post-Civil War Reconstruction of the southern states.
In contrast, Fairbanks served one term as Theodore Roosevelt’s vice president, and in 1916 again was tapped by the GOP for an unsuccessful campaign led by Charles Evans Hughes.
They lost to Democrats Woodrow Wilson and Marshall in the only election where both major-party vice presidential nominees were from Indiana.
Only two Hoosiers have been nominated for vice president and did not win election.
They were Democrats William English (1880) and John Kern (1908).
Marshall once quipped that Indiana is known as “the mother of vice presidents,” because it is “home of more second-class men than any other state.”
Should Pence, a Columbus native, win in November and succeed the 70-year-old Trump for any reason, he would become the first president born in Indiana.
William Henry Harrison (1841) and Benjamin Harrison (1889-93), the two presidents most closely associated with Indiana, actually were born in Virginia and Ohio, respectively.
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