Though Richard Nixon's presidency would get most of the attention of history, his time as Vice President was formative. He was one of several veeps that helped modernize the office. He was more active on foreign trips than his predecessors. He even came under attack and was heralded for his calm nerves. He acted as floor leader for the GOP on civil rights legislation, up agains Lyndon Johnson. And in a late night session, there was that time he broke the gavel.