Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 9:00am

VEEPs with Places Named After Them

Posted by vicepresidents

Some vice presidents are so cool, there were U.S. places named after them. While this is a common honor to bestow on a president, not many vice presidents have been commemorated in such a way.

What town in Texas is named after a vice president?

Dallas, Texas was allegedly named after George Dallas, who was vice president at the time and supported Texas’ annexation. Dallas, however, represented Pennsylvania.

What town in Alaska is named after a vice president?

Fairbanks, Alaska is named after Charles Fairbanks who in 1898, before becoming vice president, was appointed to the Joint High Commission to decide the boundary dividing the Alaska Territory from Canada.

Which vice president has the most counties named after him, and where are they?

There are 11 counties named after John C. Calhoun. They are in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

Which vice president had a county named after him and then had the honor taken away?

King County in Washington State was originally named after William King. However, in 1986 the City Council decided to change its namesake to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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