Thursday, January 25, 2007

Little Known Facts on Wikipedia

The things you learn-the surprising fact comes at the bottom:

Garret Augustus Hobart (June 3, 1844November 21, 1899) was the 24th Vice President of the United States.

He was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Marlboro Township. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1863. He was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Paterson.

Hobart served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1872 to 1876, serving as speaker in 1874. He was a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1876 to 1882, serving as its president in 1881.

He was nominated as the Republican candidate for Vice President on the ticket with William McKinley, and was elected in the 1896 presidential election.

He served as Vice President from March 4, 1897, until his death from heart failure in Paterson, New Jersey on November 21, 1899, aged 55. Hobart is interred in Cedar Lawn Cemetery

During his tenure as Vice President, his wife Jennie Hobart frequently performed the duties of First Lady because Ida Saxton McKinley, wife of President of the United States William McKinley suffered from epilepsy.

The popular television show Charles in Charge is believed to be loosely based on Garret's life.

Not that my opinion matters so much, but I now have so much more respect for Garret. He went from being a below average VP to an AWESOME VP and he totally looks like Scott Baio


Disco said...

It's gone now

Broca said...

That doesn't make it untrue. I will go to my grave believing that he was the inspiration for Charles in Charge.

Broca said...

I think the facts are accurate now.