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Alben W. Barkley



Truman Returns Triumphant (1948)



Alben Barkley addresses delegates at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in P...HD Stock Footage



Vice President Alben Barkley weds in St. Louis (1949)



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Vice President Alben W. Barkley's Last Words

Alben William Barkley was an American lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served in both houses of Congress and as the 35th Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1953. In 1905, he was elected county attorney for McCracken County, Kentucky. He was chosen County Judge/Executive in 1909 and U.S. Representative from Kentucky's First District in 1912. As a Representative, he was a liberal Democrat, supporting President Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom domestic agenda and foreign policy.
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  • Personal 

  • U.S. Representative (1913–1927) 

  • Domestic matters 

  • World War I 

  • Relations with Harding administration 

  • Gubernatorial election of 1923 

  • U.S. Senator (1927–1949, 1955–1956) 

  • Second term and ascension to floor leader 

  • Challenge by Happy Chandler 

  • Floor leadership 

  • Split with Roosevelt 

  • Buchenwald Concentration Camp 

  • Truman succeeds Roosevelt 

  • Vice Presidency 

  • Campaign for president 

  • Later life and death 

  • Memory