Theodore Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, Andrew Jackson, Richard Nixon

Theodore Roosevelt by Charles Dana Gibson / Graphite and conté crayon on paper, 1898 | Getting it Together by Neil Leifer / Color photograph on paper, 1980 | Andrew Jackson by Edward Williams Clay / Pencil on paper, 1831 |  Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower by James Ormsbee Chapin / Oil on canvas, 1956 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Presidents in Waiting

January 20, 2009 - January 3, 2010

John Adams, perhaps our most cantankerous founding father, viewed vice presidency as the “most insignificant office” ever invented by man. Adams would probably have never guessed that 14 vice presidents would succeed to the presidency. This National Portrait Gallery exhibition will focus on these men, almost one-third of America’s presidents, and how they—upon the death or resignation of an incumbent or by winning election on their own—became president.

  • Presidents in Waiting

    View of "Presidents in Waiting." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Presidents in Waiting

    View of "Presidents in Waiting." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Presidents in Waiting

    View of "Presidents in Waiting." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Presidents in Waiting

    View of "Presidents in Waiting." Photo by Mark Gulezian.