Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Richard Johnson VP.
Until only today this man I was not even aware of. Thanks to tip from Steve. Image accompanying this blog by Nathaniel Currier.
Richard Mentor Johnson.
"Richard Mentor Johnson . . . was the ninth Vice President of the United States, serving in the administration of Martin Van Buren (1837–41). He is the only vice president ever elected by the United States Senate under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment . . . At the outset of the War of 1812, Johnson was commissioned a colonel in the Kentucky Militia and commanded a regiment of mounted volunteers from 1812 to 1813. He and his brother James served under William Henry Harrison in Upper Canada. Johnson participated in the Battle of the Thames. Some reported that he personally killed the Shawnee chief Tecumseh"
BATTLEFIELD DUELS OF THAT SORT DON'T EVER OCCUR ANY MORE, SENIOR COMMANDER VERSUS SENIOR COMMANDER!
That ninth Vice President of the United States his military and combat record outstanding.
* Johnson an intuitive, innovative and apparently very talented military commander.
* Johnson wounded five times in battle, as a commander comporting himself well in the thick of the fray.
* Engaged in a battlefield duel with the famous American Indian war chief Tecumseh, the latter killed by Johnson.
During that early American period military service an important consideration for those seeking high electoral position? Think William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor and add to that list Richard Johnson.