Succession Trivia

I’ve been saying recently that Tea Party and other conservative protests need to include a demand that the entire lawless Obama regime resign since they truly have no business being in their positions; after all, this is the standard Obama set regarding the removal of Hosni Mubarak as President of Egypt. So I’ve been thinking about past successions to the office of President that have occurred in our country’s history. There are some fairly interesting facts, at least they are interesting to me, and perhaps to you.

Vice Presidents have become President following the previous President’s death or resignation nine times; only one was due to a resignation, that following Richard Nixon.

Here’s a short list:

  • In each of the 19th and 20th Centuries, four Vice Presidents succeeded to the Presidency following the death of a President: in the 19th Century, Tyler following W. Harrison, Fillmore following Taylor, A. Johnson following Lincoln, Arthur following Garfield; in the 20th Century, T. Roosevelt following McKinley, Coolidge following Harding, Truman following F. Roosevelt, L. Johnson following Kennedy.
  • Also in each of the 19th and 20th Centuries, 2 Presidents died of natural causes (W. Harrison and Taylor in the 19th, Harding and FDR in the 20th), and 2 Presidents were assassinated (Lincoln and Garfield in the 19th, McKinley and Kennedy in the 20th).
  • None of the 19th Century successors was ever elected to their own term as President.
  • Other than Ford, the other four 20th Century successors were all elected to one term as President following their term as a successor; none was elected to a second term.

Gerald Ford trivia:

  • Ford is the only President never having been elected to either Vice President or President, having been appointed by Nixon following Spiro Agnew’s resignation as Vice President.
  • Ford also broke a streak of the other 20th Century Vice Presidents who succeeded as President having not been elected to another term as President.