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Charles Warren Fairbanks

  • Birth 11 May 1852 Unionville Center, Union County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 4 Jun 1918 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Sec: 24, Lot: 3
  • Memorial ID 323

Charles Warren Fairbanks served one term as the 26th U.S. Vice President, after being selected as the running mate of Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. Born in a log cabin in Union County, Ohio, Fairbanks was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating with honors in 1872. He received a law degree from the Cleveland Law College on July 10, 1874 and became a very successful lawyer, specializing in railroad law. Over the course of his career he became general solicitor for the Ohio Southern and the Dayton and Ironton railroads, president and principal stockholder of the Terre Haute and Peoria Railroad and director, general solicitor and principal stockholder of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad. During his days with these various railroad enterprises, Fairbanks entered the world of Indiana Republican politics and campaigned on behalf of Civil War general Benjamin Harrison, who was elected President in 1888. In 1892 Fairbanks met future President, William McKinley, who helped him get elected to the U.S. Senate in 1897. In June 1904, Fairbanks was selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee to run with Teddy Roosevelt. During his four years in office, Fairbanks played little or no role in the Roosevelt administration, as he opposed many of Roosevelt's progressive programs. As a result, Roosevelt supported William Howard Taft for the 1908 Republican presidential nomination. Fairbanks was a vice presidential candidate again in 1916, this time on the unsuccessful Republican ticket with Charles Evans Hughes, who lost in a close race to Woodrow Wilson. Fairbanks died in Indianapolis on June 4, 1918.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Warren Fairbanks (11 May 1852–4 Jun 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 323, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .