On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency, and Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as President. This was the first time that a Vice President became President because of a resignation. National Veep Day is a day to give recognition to the succession plan of the president of the United States. Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution details how a Vice President assumes the office of the President. This clause was further clarified by the 25th Amendment, which also detailed the procedures for filling a vacancy in the Vice Presidency. It was these procedures that were used when Ford was nominated by Richard Nixon to become Vice President in 1973, following Spiro Agnew’s resignation to the office because of tax evasion charges.
As the Constitution enables Congress to outline the line of progression past the Vice President, it has passed laws to do as such. The Presidential Act of 1792 said that the president pro tempore followed the Vice President, who thusly was trailed by the Speaker of the House. In 1886, the president professional Tempore, and Speaker of the House were dropped from the Presidential line of progression and were superseded by the Cabinet. Those for this change contended it was acceptable on the grounds that Congressional pioneers didn’t have the leadership experience that these officials had. They additionally contended that since six formers Secretaries of States had thusly become President, it showed that the height to the Presidency was a characteristic movement for Cabinet individuals. The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 indeed changed the request, making it what is today. The Vice President is trailed by the president pro tempore, then, at that point by the Speaker of the House, and afterward by the Cabinet individuals, in the request for the date that their Cabinet positions were made.
Vice President Facts
- John TylerAfter one month of being sworn in, President William Henry Harrison died in office in 1841. His vice president, John Tyler, ascended to the presidency.
- Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore filled the vacancy left by the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850.
- Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was President Abraham Lincoln’s second term vice president. His term began when Lincoln died after John Wilkes Booth’s successful assassination of the president at Ford’s Theater.
- Chester Arthur When Charles J. Guiteau assassinated President James Garfield in 1881, Vice President Chester Arthur completed his term.
- Theodore Roosevelt President William McKinley’s first vice president died of a heart attack. During McKinley’s second term, Theodore Roosevelt served as his Veep. Then McKinley was assassinated six months into the term. Roosevelt became the third vice president to step up under these circumstances.
- Calvin Coolidge After the death of President Warren G. Harding in 1923, Vice President Calvin National Veep Day History
On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald Ford became President of the United States upon the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
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