Skip to main content Skip to Search Box

Definition: Quayle, (James) Dan (Danforth) from Philip's Encyclopedia

US statesman, vice president (1989-93). He was a Republican congressman (1977-81) and senator (1981-88). In 1988, Quayle was chosen by George Bush to act as his running mate.

Summary Article: Quayle, (James) Dan(forth) (1947– )
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US Republican politician, vice president 1989–93. He was selected by George H W Bush as Bush's presidential running mate in 1988, as Quayle appealed to Christian conservatives and was expected to deliver the youth vote. But this choice was heavily criticized as Quayle had limited political experience, having previously been a member of Congress for Indiana 1977–81 and a senator for that state from 1981.

Born into a rich and powerful Indianapolis newspaper-owning family, Quayle studied political science at DePauw University and law at Indiana University. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1974, and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and to the Senate in 1980. As Bush's vice president, Quayle was criticized for enlisting in the 1960s in the Indiana National Guard, which meant that he was not sent overseas during the Vietnam War. In contrast to his successors, he had a limited role in policy-making. In 1999 he contested the Republican presidential nomination, but made little impact and soon withdrew.


Quayle, (James) Dan(forth)


Quayle, Dan: Restoring Basic Values

Quayle, Dan; and Bentsen, Lloyd: On Qualifications for the Presidency (1988 Vice-Presidential Debate)

Quayle, J Danforth: The Most Litigious Society in the World


Quayle Quote List

© RM, 2018. All rights reserved.

Related Articles

Full text Article Quayle, Dan (1947–)
Encyclopedia of Political Communication

James Danforth Quayle, born to James and Corrine Quayle in Indianapolis, Indiana, served as vice president of the United States under President...

Full text Article Quayle, Dan (James Danforth)
Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1947- ♦ US Republican politician Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, into a wealthy and influential newspaper-owning family, he studied political science,

Full text Article Bentsen, Lloyd Millard
The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US Democrat politician. He served in the House of Representatives 1949–55 before becoming a senator from Texas 1971–93, chairing the Senate Finance C

See more from Credo