Schuyler Colfax

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Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax, photo portrait seated, c1855-1865.jpg
17th Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1873
PresidentUlysses S. Grant
Preceded byAndrew Johnson
Succeeded byHenry Wilson
29th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
In office
December 7, 1863 – March 3, 1869
PresidentAbraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Preceded byGalusha A. Grow
Succeeded byTheodore M. Pomeroy
Member of U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byNorman Eddy
Succeeded byJohn P. C. Shanks
Personal details
Born(1823-03-23)March 23, 1823
New York City, New York
DiedJanuary 13, 1885(1885-01-13) (aged 61)
Mankato, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Evelyn Clark Colfax
Ellen Maria Wade Colfax

Schuyler (pronounced "Sky-ler") Colfax, Jr. (March 23, 1823 – January 13, 1885) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the seventeenth Vice President of the United States.

Legacy[change | change source]

The towns of Colfax, California, Colfax, Washington, and Colfax, Louisiana, are named for Schuyler Colfax. The "Jewel of the Midwest," Schuyler, Nebraska, named after Colfax, is the county seat of Colfax County, Nebraska. The now ghost town of Colfax, Colorado was named after him. Colfax County, New Mexico is named after the Speaker as well. In addition, the "main street" traversing Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood, Colorado and abutting the Colorado State Capitol is named "Colfax Avenue" in the politician's honor.