Succession to U.S. Presidency from 1901

(03/01/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/24/1901.

Order of Succession

Should President McKinley die, the Vice President would succeed to his place immediately.  If a change in the Presidency should occur while Congress is not in session, or if it would not meet within 20 days, it shall be the duty of the new President to convene Congress in extraordinary session, giving 20 days notice of the time of meeting.

The new law does not provide succession to the Vice Presidency.  In the event Roosevelt should become President, there would be no Vice President.  The Senate would select a new presiding office, who would act as such and be known as such, without possessing any other powers and without placing him in the line of succession to the Presidency.  The next in that line after the Vice President is the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, War, Attorney General, Postmaster General, Secretary of the Navy, and Secretary of the Interior. - Post, Sept. 8, 1901.

NOTE:  President McKinley died September 14, 1901, eight days after being shot by a deranged anarchist at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. - NKS


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