The Presidents Code – Vice President John C. Calhoun

The Presidents Code – Vice President John C. Calhoun

Vice President John C. Calhoun Democratic-Republican 3/4/1825-12/28/1832
Vice President John C. Calhoun
Democratic-Republican 3/4/1825-12/28/1832

John Calhoun would serve as Vice President in both the John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson administrations. George Clinton is the only other man to have this distinction. In the 1824 election, Calhoun was the overwhelming choice of Democratic-Republicans for Vice President and was the ‘running-mate’ of both Jackson and Adams. As Vice President, he would be an open critic of the Adams Presidency as he agreed with Jackson’s assessment of there being collusion between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay.


Calhoun would later be in conflict with Andrew Jackson throughout his tenure as his Vice President as well. This conflict between ‘brothers’ displays the time period in the Bible of Cain and Seth. His name is further displaying this conflict of the two seeds through the theme of the grace of God sent for mankind in His Son, the Promised Seed and the Living Waters which He would give to mankind.


John comes from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן ‘Yochanan’ meaning the grace of Yah.


Caldwell comes from the Old English words ‘caeld’ which means cold and ‘welle’ which means a well. Cold waters are referring to the Living Waters associated with the redemption of mankind through Christ Jesus, the Promised Seed of the woman.


Psalm 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Psalm 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

Psalm 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.


It is interesting to note that in verse 8, the word for pleasure is עדן ‘eden,’ the same word used in reference to the Garden of Paradise in the beginning. The way back to this Paradise is through Jesus Christ, where man can drink of the Living Waters (Isaiah 55:1-2; Revelation 21:6; 22:1).


Calhoun derives from the Gaelic word ‘coil’ or ‘cuil’ meaning nook or corner. It is also related to the Scottish surname ‘Colquhoun’ which means narrow woods or forest. Woods or forest comes from the Hebrew word יער ‘yaar’ which is cognate of the word for a city, ער ‘ar. Here we see a picture of the city from whence the cold waters or living waters flow. This of course is New Jerusalem, the return of Paradise to earth (Revelation 22:1-2, 14, 17; Isaiah 51:3, Ezekiel 47:1). The path to this city is described as narrow by the Lord Jesus (Matthew 7:14).

Yet another connection to the living waters and cities is Calhoun’s conflicts with the Presidents he served under. When Jesus spoke of being the living waters, He did so to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:10-15). Samaritans were the enemies of the Jews at this time period and considered devils (John 8:48). Literally, a devil is an enemy who is in opposition or conflict with another. In Hebrew, the word for city, ער ‘ar,’ also means enemy.

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