In recent news, Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he has not ruled out a run for the Presidency in 2016. His last attempt was in 2004 when he lost to President George W. Bush. If he were to run, his greatest challenge would be the person he placed as Secretary, Hillary Clinton. There have only been six Secrataries of State who have gone on to become President. They are:
Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe John Quincy Adams Martin Van Buren James Buchanan
That’s right. The last one was Buchanan, who served as President from 1857 to 1861.
United States Senator Alben Barkley of Kentucky died on April 30, 1956. He was a Congressman, United StatesSenator, and Vice President. After his term as VP under President Harry S. Truman ended in 1953, he ran for the Senate once again and won. Most Presidents and Vice Presidents slowly fade away into private life. There are exceptions, however. John Quincy Adams became a member of the House of Representatives in 1831 after his defeat to Andrew Jackson in 1828. After losing a re-election bid in 1912, President William H. Taft became the Chief Justice of United States Supreme Court in 1921.
In Lexington, Virginia, at a convention, Senator Barkley’s last words were recorded.
Why do you believe it is rare to see Presidents and Vice Presidents run for or serve in other national offices (other than President)?