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|17th Vice President of the United States|
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1873
|President||Ulysses S. Grant|
|Preceded by||Andrew Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Henry Wilson|
|29th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives|
December 7, 1863 – March 3, 1869
|Preceded by||Galusha A. Grow|
|Succeeded by||Theodore M. Pomeroy|
|Member of U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1869
|Preceded by||Norman Eddy|
|Succeeded by||John P. C. Shanks|
March 23, 1823|
New York City, New York
|Died||January 13, 1885
|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.
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. The middle school Schuyler Colfax in Wayne, New Jersey is also named after him.
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Colfax was castigated for his involvement in the Crédit Mobilier scandal in this March 6, 1873 political cartoon in which Uncle Sam is shown encouraging Colfax to commit hara-kiri.
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