Vice President to William McKinley, 1897-1899
Republican Party
Died In Office
New Jersey

Garret Hobart possessed the quality of an ideal vice president.  He was in agreement with the president on all important issues.  His home state of New Jersey was considered a good geographical balance.  A former businessman, he had enough wealth to entertain visiting dignitaries in style.  He was an effective administrator of the Senate.  Also, politics was not a life time passion.  He actually had only a brief prior stint in politics.  It was a duty which came to Hobart, and he took his role as vice president seriously.

Hobart died of heart trouble only two years into his term as vice president.  Hobart's death while in office set up
an interesting chain of "what ifs".

 
 

If he had lived, Hobart would have most certainly been on the ticket again in 1900.  Thus, he would have been president upon McKinley's assassination in 1901.  Teddy Roosevelt, who subsequently did become McKinley's running mate in 1900 and then president, would have still be sitting in the Governor's seat in New York.  If Hobart had lived, Roosevelt's programs and achievement as president might not have seen the light of day.  Perhaps, one of the more serious consequences would have been the fact that millions of children would not have had a "Teddy Bear".