Alabama Department of Archives and History
John C. Calhoun
John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was the vice president of the United States from 1825-32 under presidents John Quincy Adams and
Andrew Jackson, as well as Secretary of State, Secretary of War, a U.S. congressman, and a South Carolina state representative.
Calhoun championed states' rights issues, chiefly "nullification," an argument that a state could choose to ignore federal
laws it deemed unconstitutional.