I ran across a list of seven guys who in the 19th Century were VP of the US. The only names I recognized were of the two who went on to be President. So then I wondered -- do we remember any VPs other than the ones who went on to be President? My answer turns out to almost be "No".
Of course, we recall recent ones; I could easily name all the ones in my lifetime (a list that goes back to VP Richard Nixon -- and no, I'm not forgetting Rockefeller). And I'm pretty sure I can identify a majority of the presidents who were previously VP. (In approximately decreasing order of certainty, my list is Bush 41, Ford, Nixon, LBJ, Truman, Coolidge, TR, Chester A. Arthur, Andrew Johnson, Tyler, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin van Buren, James Monroe, James Madison.)
But otherwise I know almost none of the VPs. Without looking it up, I had:
- Aaron Burr, of course (the Thomas Jefferson VP famous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel).
- Henry Wallace, who led a 3rd/4th party defection from the Democrats in 1948. (I accurately had him as the FDR VP before Truman.)
- John Nance Garner, the VP with the famous "Not worth a pitcher of warm piss/spit" quote. (He turns out to have served two terms with FDR; I was guessing him in the 1920s instead.)
And that's as far as I got.