Hero, smiler, progressive-minded politician, crook, orator, storyteller, friend to Lincoln. These are the labels that have been put on this forgotten Vice President of the United States.he bended ear the Lincoln, but a scandal ended his political career. Still he warrants mention. Last week we looked at Thomas Hendricks as part of our summer look at Vice Presidents. Today we look at his Indiana political opposite, Schuyler Colfax, [“sky-ler”] GOP Vice President under Grant for his first term and [notably] not for Grant’s second.