HOME OF CHARLES WARREN FAIRBANKS MAY 11, 1852 - JUNE 4, 1918
For over the last 60 years of his life, Charles Fairbanks lived here (the home since demolished and replaced). Fairbanks was best known as a successful lawyer who later became a US Senator then Vice President for Teddy Roosevelt. after losing his bid as Vice President again with Charles Evans Hughes (they lost to Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Marshall), Fairbanks returned to Indianapolis and law until his death. The historical marker is placed on the front lawn of a gated establishment.
Backstory and Context
During his eight years in the U.S. Senate, Fairbanks served as a key adviser to McKinley during the Spanish–American War and was also the Chairman of the Committee on Immigration and the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. In 1898, Fairbanks was appointed a member of the United States and British Joint High Commission which met in Quebec City for the adjustment of Canadian questions, including the boundary dispute about Alaska.
Fairbanks was elected Vice President of the United States in 1904 on the Republican ticket with Theodore Roosevelt and served all four years. Fairbanks, a conservative who had once been labelled a "reactionary machine politician" by Roosevelt (and who had been caricatured as a "Wall Street Puppet" during the campaign), actively worked against Roosevelt's progressive "Square Deal" program. For his part, Roosevelt did not provide Fairbanks with a significant role during his administration, and (having chosen not to seek reelection) strongly promoted William Howard Taft as his potential successor in 1908. Although Fairbanks also sought the Republican nomination for President, he was unsuccessful and returned to the practice of law. In 1912, Fairbanks supported Taft's re-election against Roosevelt's Bull Moose candidacy.
In 1916, Fairbanks was in charge of establishing the platform for the Republican party. In 1916, he sought the Republican presidential nomination, and although he failed in that bid, he did win the nomination for vice president as the running-mate of Charles Evans Hughes on June 10. Five months later, Hughes and Fairbanks lost a close election to the Democratic incumbents Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Marshall. Fairbanks is the most recent former Vice President to seek reelection for a non-consecutive term (with Adlai Stevenson I before him). Fairbanks once again resumed the practice of law in Indianapolis, but his health started to fail.
He died of nephritis in his home on June 4, 1918. He was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery
United States Congress. "Charles W. Fairbanks (id: F000003)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Official Proceedings of the Republican National Convention, 1904, pp 23 - 32, Original from Harvard University, Digitized Oct 26, 2007
Morris, Edmund (2002). Theodore Rex. The Modern Library. pp. 875 & 937
"Indiana Statesman Succumbs to Intestinal Nephritis After Long Illness at His Home. His Political Career Began After He Was a Successful Railroad Attorney. Adept in Platform Making. Reporter for The Associated Press. Attorney for Jay Gould. Beginning of His Political Career. Roosevelt's Running Mate.". New York Times. June 5, 1918. Retrieved 2010-03-06. Charles Warren Fairbanks, former Vice President of the United States and former United States Senator for Indiana, died at his home at 8:55 o'clock tonight.