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Charles Warren Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Charles Warren, 1852–1918, Vice President of the United States (1905–9), b. Union co., Ohio. He became wealthy as a railroad lawyer in Indianapolis, rose in Republican politics, and served in the U.S. Senate from 1897 to 1905. Fairbanks was recognized as the spokesman of President McKinley and of the conservatives and was chosen as vice presidential candidate with Theodore Roosevelt primarily to attract the conservative vote. He continued to dominate his party in Indiana and was in 1916 again vice presidential candidate, this time on the unsuccessful ticket with Charles Evans Hughes.

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