Republicans – Nixon & Bush

May 30, 2012

I read an interesting fact recently. The last time the Republicans won an election without either Richard Nixon or a Bush as president or vice president was 1928, when Herbert Hoover beat Alfred Smith. (Hoover lost to FDR in 1932.) Here is a list of presidential tickets.


Election Facts

November 18, 2008

Of the 50 states plus The District of Columbia, only two states split their electoral votes: Nebraska and Maine. All other states are winner-take all. Nebraska this year awarded one vote to Obama and four to McCain.  This is the first year in 44 years that Nebraska has awarded an electoral vote to a Democrat.  It is also the first year Nebraska’s votes were actually split. Electoral Votes per State are here.

President-Elect Obama will be facing difficult odds in 2012. The last time that voters re-elected three consecutive presidents to a second term was all the way back in 1820, when James Monroe was elected to a second term after two terms for Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

John McCain had the odds against him in this election. The last time a President left office and was succeeded by a member of his own party was when Ronald Reagan was succeeded by George H. W. Bush. Before that, we go all the way back to the 1928 election, when Herbert Hoover succeeded Calvin Coolidge.

More Presidential facts.


Vice Presidents Who Became Presidents

October 7, 2008

There is some concern out there about the possibility that Sarah Palin may become the next President due to unfortunate circumstances. So how often has that happened?

There have actually been 14 Vice Presidents who became President. In five cases, the Vice President was elected after the President’s term ended. (Interestingly, prior to 1988 when George H.W. Bush was elected, the last time this occured was in 1836.) In four cases, the President was assassinated, in another four cases, the President died of natural causes, and in one case the President resigned.

In addition, there had been some discussion about the possibility of Sarah Palin resigning from the Republican ticket for President. That has only happened once in modern times. The one case of a Vice Presidential candidate dropping out of the race was in 1972, when Thomas Eagleton withdrew as the Democratic nominee with George McGovern, replaced by Sargent Shriver. Eagleton’s resignation from the ticket was related to questions about his mental health. Of course, McGovern lost the election to Richard Nixon.

For interesting lists about Presidents and the U.S. Government, visit the iWeblists US Government pages.

# Vice Pres. Method of Succession Prior President Year
1 John Adams Elected George Washington 1789
2 Thomas Jefferson Elected John Adams 1797
3 Martin Van Buren Elected Andrew Jackson 1836
4 John Tyler Death William Henry Harrison 1841
5 Millard Fillmore Death Zachary Taylor 1850
6 Andrew Johnson Assassination Abraham Lincoln 1865
7 Chester Arthur Assassination James Garfield 1881
8 Theodore Roosevelt Assassination William McKinley 1901
9 Calvin Coolidge Death Warren Harding 1923
10 Harry Truman Death Franklin Roosevelt 1945
11 Lyndon Johnson Assassination John F. Kennedy 1963
12 Richard Nixon Elected Served under Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) 1968
13 Gerald Ford Resignation Richard Nixon 1974
14 George H.W. Bush Elected Ronald Reagan 1988