James Danforth Quayle (born in 1947) was born into a rich and influential Indianapolis newspaper-owning family, Quayle was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1974, and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1977 and to the Senate in 1981.
When George Bush ran for president in 1988, he selected Quayle as his running mate, admiring his conservative views, and believing that Quayle could deliver the youth vote.
This choice encountered heavy criticism because of Quayle's limited political experience and his association with a fundamentalist Christian group. Much was made of his earlier enlistment in the Indiana National Guard, which meant that he avoided action overseas during the Vietnam War.
Quayle stayed out of the limelight during the remainder of the campaign and became vice president in November 1988.
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Dan Quayle was an American Republican politician, an Indiana congressman from 1977, senator from 1981, vice president 1989-1993.