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U.S. Vice Presidents: Dan Quayle


J. Danforth Quayle


A reassessment of Dan Quayle as VP



44th Vice President of the United States

(January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993)

United States Senator from Indiana

(January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1989)

U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 4th district

(January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1981)

Date of Birth February 4, 1947
Place of Birth Indianapolis, Indiana

DePauw University (BA)

Indiana University, Indianapolis (JD)


Martha Corinne (née Pulliam)

James Cline Quayle

Spouse Marilyn Tucker (m. 1972)
Political Party Republican
Number of Children Three


Did You Know?

Vice President Quayle...

  • ...majored in political science at DePauw University.
  • ...published a book entitled, "Standing Firm: A Vice-Presidential Memoir," that became a bestseller in 1994.
  • ...misspelled the word 'potato' as 'potatoe'. He was derided even further when he attempted to correct a 12 year old boy, who gave the right spelling of ‘potato’.


James Danforth Quayle is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 44th vice president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Quayle was also a U.S. representative from 1977 to 1981 and a U.S. senator from 1981 to 1989 from the state of Indiana.A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Quayle spent most of his childhood in Paradise Valley, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. He married Marilyn Tucker in 1972 and obtained his J.D. degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1974. Quayle practiced law in Huntington, Indiana, with his wife before his election to the United States House of Representatives in 1976. In 1980 Quayle was elected to the U.S. Senate.


 “People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history."

 —Dan Quayle


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