United States Presidential Succession

I’m reading the Wikipedia article on United States Presidential Succession.

Some interesting facts from the article:

  • Only the Vice President can succeed to the presidency when filling in for an unfit/unable President.  All others only serve as “Acting President” even for years.
  • John Tyler was the first Vice President to become President due to succession.  William Henry Harrison was the President that died in office.
  • President John Tyler returned letters that were addressed to “Acting President of the United States”.
  • The Postmaster General used to be part of the presidential succession line, but was removed when it was removed as a Cabinet position in 1971.
  • Until the ratification of the 25th amendment in 1967, the office of Vice President was left vacant when the VP became President.

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