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25th Amendment

The forgotten man who almost became President after Lincoln

April 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

What really killed the first President to die in office?

April 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On April 5, 1841, the news that President William Henry Harrison was dead shocked a nation. So what killed a man who had just entered the White House 30 days prior to his death?

10 people who very nearly became President

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2018, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

How a national tragedy led to the 25th amendment

February 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1967 that two states, Nevada and Minnesota, made the Constitution's 25th amendment a reality, clearing up questions about presidential succession that dated back to the Founders' time.

On this day, the 25th Amendment gets its first test

November 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

On November 27, 1973, the United States Senate became the first legislative house to act under the 25th Amendment, when it voted to approve Representative Gerald Ford as the new Vice President. A week later, the House also approved Ford, making his appointment official.

How JFK’s assassination led to a constitutional amendment

November 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

President John F. Kennedy’s death on November 22, 1963 traumatized a nation and led a united Congress to make a key constitutional change, in the form of the 25th amendment.

Can the Cabinet “remove” a President using the 25th amendment?

October 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

In a new Vanity Fair article, the magazine claims former White House adviser Steve Bannon warned President Donald Trump that his own Cabinet could remove him by invoking the 25th amendment. Is that how the amendment actually works?

Five little-known men who almost became president

August 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

What do Benjamin Wade, Willie P. Mangum and John Nance Garner all have in common? If not for a last-second decision, or a twist of fate, they might have become Acting President of the United States, in an era before the 25th Amendment existed.

On this day, Gerald Ford becomes president in a constitutional first

August 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford officially became President in the most unusual of circumstances, as Richard Nixon left Washington and Ford took office without the benefit of direct election to office.

Interactive Constitution: The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

July 20, 2017 By Brian C. Kalt and David Pozen

Brian C. Kalt and David Pozen look at how the Twenty-Fifth Amendment seeks to answer a series of questions raised by the original Constitution’s treatment of presidential and vice-presidential vacancies and presidential disability.

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