By P. Abbott
One of many regularly acknowledged virtues of recent constitutional democracies is their means to insure trustworthy and authorized tools of political succession via election. This booklet makes a speciality of one specific, notwithstanding now not unusual, difficulty within the democratic mode of political succession: American vice-presidents who imagine place of work as a result dying, assassination or resignation of a president. 3 uncomplicated options through “accidental presidents” to set up and improve their legitimacy are pointed out and evaluated. whereas none are reliably winning, each one offers a lens to review the character of presidential strength and authority in addition to to give a contribution to a democratic idea of succession.
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Aside from the obvious absence of any Seward supporters and even any selections from the Deep South, there appeared to be no clear policy direction discernible from Fillmore’s choices. Fillmore thus appears to 44 Accidental Presidents have assembled a cabinet less on the basis of support for the Omnibus bill per se but on a general amenability to compromise. Taken in this sense, Fillmore’s first act as rex/dux is instructive. What he hoped to establish in a broad sense with his cabinet was substantially the same for his vision of the Whig Party and his own persona as president.
Although he had networked with the National Republicans, the young Fillmore joined the Anti-Masonic Party and readily accepted Thurlow Weed’s tutelage. After serving four terms in the state assembly, Fillmore ran for Congress in 1832. Despite his election as an Anti-Masonic candidate, he switched to the Whig Party two years later and was elected to Congress for three more terms between 1836 and 1842. Central to Fillmore’s persona was his social and political ascent described thus by one contemporary journalist: [Fillmore’s] ancestors were among the hardy sons of the north, and during the revolution were whigs, inhabiting the Green Mountains of Vermont.
The vote on the second section of the bifurcated amendment was defeated, although all but two Southern Whigs voted for it. After this frantic maneuvering, the four pieces of legislation passed quickly as they had in the Senate. During this debate, Fillmore used Webster as his aegis. The secretary of state met with House leaders daily and forged an unusual working relationship with Democrats and pressured Whigs to support the compromise. ”14 Fillmore was now extremely popular in both sections of the country and was poised for election.
Accidental Presidents: Death, Assassination, Resignation, and Democratic Succession (The Evolving American Presidency) by P. Abbott