Quayle, Dan

Quayle, Dan

(James Danforth Quayle), 1947–, Vice President of the United States (1989–93), b. Indianapolis. He graduated from DePauw Univ. (1969) and served in the Indiana National Guard (1969–75). The son of a prominent Indiana publishing family, he graduated from law school (Indiana Univ., 1974) and then became associate publisher and general manager of the Huntington Herald-Press. In 1976 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a conservative Republican. In 1980 he was elected to the Senate, defeating three-term incumbent Birch Bayh, and was reelected in 1986.

In 1988 Republican presidential candidate George H. W. BushBush, George Herbert Walker,
1924–2018, 41st President of the United States (1989–93), b. Milton, Mass., B.A., Yale Univ., 1948. Career in Business and Government
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 selected Quayle as his running mate. Although not taken seriously by the media at first, he became an effective speaker for conservative issues. He chaired the President's Council on Competitiveness, which attempted to reduce governmental and environmental regulation on businesses. Renominated in 1992, he attacked the "Hollywood" media and campaigned vigorously in defense of the Bush administration's record. Bush and Quayle lost the election to Bill ClintonClinton, Bill
(William Jefferson Clinton), 1946–, 42d President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Hope, Ark. His father died before he was born, and he was originally named William Jefferson Blythe 4th, but after his mother remarried, he assumed the surname of his
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 and Al GoreGore, Albert Arnold, Jr.,
1948–, Vice President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Washington, D.C., grad. Harvard, 1969. After serving in the army in Vietnam and working as a reporter, he was elected (1976) to the U.S.
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. Quayle mounted an abortive run for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination in 1999.


See his memoir, Standing Firm (1994); R. F. Fenno, The Making of a Senator (1989); D. S. Broader and B. Woodward, The Man Who Would be President (1992).

Quayle, (James Danforth) Dan

(1947–  ) vice-president, senator; born in Indianapolis, Ind. Born into an influential newspaper-owning family, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1981 and became George Bush's vice-president in 1989. Generally conceded to have been selected because of his standing with conservatives, he was ridiculed by opponents and some journalists for a series of alleged gaffes betraying ignorance and immaturity, but defended by others who applauded his endorsement of "family values."