14. John C. Breckinridge
President: James Buchanan, 1857-1861
Slave Owner?: Hard to tell.
John C. Breckinridge joined the Confederacy even though his home state Kentucky didn’t secede. Charged with treason by the Union, Breckinridge fled the country at the end of the war for Cuba – battling alligators, disease and pirates. He was given amnesty by President Johnson in 1868. He is also the only vice president who might have been descended from a raccoon.