|Secretary of War, Vice
President, Secretary of State, and U.S.
South Carolina's most storied national
politician, John C. Calhoun served as Secretary of War,
Vice President, Secretary of State, and finally as U.S.
Senator, where his final act was to help craft the Compromise
of 1850. He repeatedly warned that war was inevitable
if Southern rights were not guaranteed. Calhoun's impassioned
arguments helped to lead, predictably, to his native
state's secession a decade after his death.