John Calhoun

Personal Info
First Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Calhoun
Birthplace: 
Abbeville ,SC
Birthdate: 
Friday, March 8, 1782
Biographical Info
Early Childhood Life: 
My mother died when i was young. I began reading and writing at five. Later my sister died and my father was beginning to. I was sent top live with different family.
Education & Training: 
My early formal education was taught to me by Rev. Moses Waddel in Appling, Ga. Waddel, husband of my older sister Catherine.I entered the junior class at Yale College where my talents were recognized by Yale President Timothy Dwight . I graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1804
Occupation: 
Senator,SC
Family: 
My wife Floride Calhoun (first cousin once removed)
Residence in 1850: 
Washington, MD
Political Info
Political Party: 
Democrat
Government Positions: 
7th Vice President, Senator ,SC
Basic Position: 
Pro-Slavery
Opinion on Slavery: 
I believe that abolition and the Union can not coexist and the Souths intentions cannot and will not be surrendered on the issue of slavery. The south will do as they please on slavery and if the North has caused us the dismay and displeasure of removing slavery we will succeed and become a nation of our own. I believe that this nation has and will benefit from the use of black slaves. They benefit us in economy and in terms of labor they cost nothing. Slavery is a benefit for North and South. I believe slavery to be a positive good. Slavery has helped run these United States since the beginning and it is hard to see this country without it. Abolition is not good for the North or South. We need slavery to function properly as these United States. This is my opinion on slavery.
Personal Reason for Position: 
I believe that my purpose was to support all southern interests including slavery.
What Should Be Done About Slavery: 
It should stay the same and nothing should be changed about it.
How I supported this position: 
I gave many talks to support slavery and my positions. I also served as a South Carolina senator and Vice President of the United States and at the still supporting slavery and the south.
Quote About Slavery: 
"Abolition and the Union cannot coexist. As the friend of the Union I openly proclaim it and the sooner it is known the better. The former may now be controlled, but in a short time it will be beyond the power of man to arrest the course of events. We of the South will not, cannot, surrender our institutions. To maintain the existing relations between the two races, inhabiting that section of the Union, is indispensable to the peace and happiness of both. It cannot be subverted without drenching the country or the other of the races ... I hold that in the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slave holding States between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good a positive good. I feel myself called upon to speak freely upon the subject where the honor and interests of those I represent are involved."