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Colfax, Schuyler

Born: 1823 AD
Died: 1885 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

1823 – Born on March 23rd in New York City. The 17th vice president of the United States in the Republican administration of President Ulysses S. Grant.

1845 – Colfax founded the St. Joseph Valley Register, which became one of the most influential papers in the state during his 18 years as editor.

1854-1869 – In the fluctuating political situation preceding the American Civil War, he shifted from the Whig Party to the Know-Nothing Party and finally to the Republicans, who elected him to Congress. He served until the last six years as speaker of the House of Representatives.

         – During Reconstruction, Colfax was a leader of the Radical Republicans and favoured extending suffrage to freedmen and disenfranchising former prominent officials of the Confederate States of America.

1872 – Elected as Grant’s vice president, he failed to win renomination.

         – A congressional investigation implicated him—along with other politicians—in the Crédit Mobilier Scandal, which involved illegal manipulation of construction contracts for the building of the Union Pacific Railroad.

         – It was also revealed that he had accepted a $4,000 campaign contribution from a contractor who had supplied the government with envelopes while Colfax was chairman of the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads in Congress.

1885 – Died on January 13th in Mankato, Minnesota.