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|