The vice presidency as an office has gradually grown in power and stature over the past century. The evolution of the vice presidency has been incremental, with increasingly prominent individuals accepting the role (such as Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman) and more substantive tasks assigned to those who occupied it. The growth in stature of the office, along with security concerns and an accretion of duties, necessitated the congressional designation of Number One Observatory Circle as the official home of the vice president. Since welcoming every Vice President since the Mondale's in the 1970s, the Queen Anne-style property has built a reputation as one of the most important homes in the United States. Nobody knows their way around the property quite like the former manager Philip Dufour, who served as social secretary to Vice President Al Gore. Philip Dufour will join History Happy Hour to share more about the history of this historic residence.
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