Garret Hobart was the 24th Vice President.
Hobart was well regarded by both political parties for his friendly personality and intelligence.
Hobart was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. He was exceptionally bright and graduated Rutger's College at the age of 19. He worked as a teacher breifly and went on to become director of a bank. He also fell in love with the daughter of his mentor, Jennie Tuttle and married her. In 1866 Hobart became a successful corporate lawyer.
In 1872, Hobart was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, and two years later was made Speaker of the Assembly. In 1876 he was elected to the New Jersey Senate and in 1881 he was made President of the State Senate. In 1884 he was made New Jersey's representative in the Republican National Committee until 1891. In 1896, William McKinley selected Hobart as his Vice President, considering he was the most influential Republican in New Jersey, which was a swing state. Hobart was a suprisingly active Vice President, being an important advisor to McKinley and an influencial voice in the Senate. He was even nicknamed "The Assistant President". Hobart died of a heart ailment in 1899, and Theodore Roosevelt was selected as McKinley's new Vice President.