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Encyclopedia > Acting Vice President

Before the Presidential Succession Act of 1886, there were many different times when the Vice Presidency was vacant due to death/resignation/succession to the Presidency. As the only two constitutional duties associated with the Office of the Vice President are to preside over the senate and to fill in when there is a vacancy in the Presidency, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate would be referred to as the Acting Vice President when there was a vacancy in the Vice President's office, as he would be next in line to the presidency and he was now the presiding officer in the senate. At social occasions they may even be referred to as Mr. Vice President. Since the Presidential Succession Act of 1886 the Vice President's office has been vacant many times but the Secretary of State could not be Acting Vice President because he would not be the Presiding officer of the senate, the same is true with the Speaker of the House after the Presidential Succession Act of 1947. Theoretically if the Vice President's office and Speaker of the House's chair were both vacant at the same time, the President Pro Tempore could become Acting Vice President. No Acting Vice President has ever succeeded to the Presidency, Benjamin Wade was the closest as he would have become President had Andrew Johnson been removed from office in 1868. None of the people who have served as Acting Vice President have been officially recognized as such by any known Historical Organization. Here is a list of the people who served as Acting Vice President.


William H. Crawford April 20, 1812- March 4, 1813 Portrait of U.S. politician William H. Crawford William Harris Crawford (February 24, 1772 – September 15, 1834) was an important American politician during the early 19th century. ...


John Gaillard November 23, 1814- March 4, 1817 This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


George Poindexter December 28, 1832- March 4, 1833 George Poindexter (1779–September 5, 1853) was a American politician. ...


Samuel L. Southard April 4, 1841- May 23, 1842 U.S. Navy collection portrait of Samuel Southard Samuel Lewis Southard (1787-1842) (son of Henry Southard and brother of Isaac Southard) was a prominent U.S. statesman of the early 1800s, serving as a U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, and Governor of New Jersey. ...


Willie Person Mangum May 23, 1842- March 4, 1845 Willie Person Mangum (May 10, 1792–September 7, 1861) was a U.S. Senator from the state of North Carolina between 1831 and 1836 and between 1840 and 1853. ...


William R. King July 9, 1850- December 20, 1852 William Rufus DeVane King William Rufus DeVane King (April 7, 1786–April 18, 1853) was a U.S. Representative from North Carolina, a Senator from Alabama, and the thirteenth Vice President of the United States. ...


David Rice Atchinson December 20, 1852- March 4, 1853


David Rice Atchinson April 18, 1853- December 4, 1854


Lewis Cass December 4, 1854 Campaign poster for 12th United States Presidential campaign, 1848. ...


Jesse D. Bright December 5, 1854- June 9, 1856 Jesse D. Bright Jesse D. Bright (December 18, 1812–May 20, 1875) was a Democratic Senator from Indiana during the period of March 4, 1845 to February 5, 1862. ...


Charles E. Stuart June 9, 1856- June 11, 1856 Charles Edward Stuart (November 25, 1810 – May 19, 1887) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan. ...


Jesse D. Bright June 11, 1856- January 6, 1857 Jesse D. Bright Jesse D. Bright (December 18, 1812–May 20, 1875) was a Democratic Senator from Indiana during the period of March 4, 1845 to February 5, 1862. ...


James M. Mason January 6, 1857- March 4, 1857 James M. Mason James Murray Mason (November 3, 1798 - April 28, 1871) was a United States Representative and United States Senator from Virginia. ...


Lafayette S. Foster April 15, 1865- March 3, 1867 Lafayette S. Foster Born in Franklin, New London County, Connecticut, November 22, 1806. ...


Benjamin Wade March 3, 1867- March 3, 1869 Benjamin Franklin Wade (October 27, 1800–March 2, 1878) was a U.S. lawyer. ...


Thomas Ferry November 27, 1875- March 4, 1877 Thomas White Ferry (June 10, 1827–October 13, 1896) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan. ...


Thomas F. Bayard October 10, 1881- October 13, 1881 Thomas Francis Bayard, Sr. ...


David Davis October 13, 1881- March 3, 1883 David Davis The Right Honourable David Michael Davis (born December 23, 1948) is a British politician, Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden and Shadow Home Secretary. ...


George F. Edmunds March 3, 1883- March 3, 1885 Categories: Stub | 1828 births | 1919 deaths | United States Senators ...


John Sherman December 7, 1885- November 18, 1886]] (De Facto Vice President) Although after the the Presidential Succession Act of 1886 which designated the Secretary of State as next in line to the presidency after the Vice President made the office of Acting Vice President obsolete it is still worth noting for the sake of knowledge, who the de facto Vice Presidents were who would have become President had that office become vacant. After the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, the Speaker of the House became next in line. John Sherman John Sherman (May 10, 1823–October 22, 1900) was a Senator from Ohio and a member of the United States Cabinet. ...


Thomas F. Bayard November 18, 1886- March 4, 1889 Thomas Francis Bayard, Sr. ...


John Hay November 21, 1899- March 4, 1901 For other people named John Hay, see John Hay (disambiguation). ...


John Hay September 14, 1901- March 4, 1905 For other people named John Hay, see John Hay (disambiguation). ...


Philander C. KnoxOctober 30, 1912- March 4, 1913 Philander C. Knox Philander Chase Knox (May 6, 1853–October 12, 1921) was an American lawyer and politician who served as Attorney General and U.S. Senator and was Secretary of State from 1909-1913. ...


Charles Evan Hughes August 2, 1923- March 4, 1925 Portrait of Charles Evans Hughes Charles Evans Hughes (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was a Governor of New York, a United States Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the United States. ...


Edward Stettinius, Jr. April 12, 1945- June 27, 1945 Portrait of U.S. Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. ...


Henry Morgenthau June 27, 1945- July 3, 1945* There are two notable people called Henry Morgenthau, father and son: Henry Morgenthau, Sr. ...


James F. Byrnes July 3, 1945- January 21, 1947 Portrait of U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes James Francis Byrnes (May 2, 1879 – April 9, 1972) was a confidant of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and one of the most powerful men in American domestic and foreign policy in the mid-2006s. ...


George Marshall January 21, 1947- July 18, 1947 This article is about the general and statesman. ...


Joseph Martin July 18, 1947- January 20, 1949** Joseph Martin was the name of several prominent people: Joseph Martin (Canadian politician) Joseph William Martin, Jr. ...


John McCormack November 22, 1963- January 20, 1965 John McCormack John McCormack (14 June 1884 - 16 September 1945), was a world-famous Irish-American tenor in the fields of opera and popular music, and renowned for his flawless diction and superb breath control. ...


Carl Albert October 10, 1973- December 6, 1973 Carl Bert Albert (May 10, 1908 – February 4, 2000) was a lawyer and a Democratic American politician from Oklahoma. ...


Carl Albert August 9, 1974- December 19, 1974 Carl Bert Albert (May 10, 1908 – February 4, 2000) was a lawyer and a Democratic American politician from Oklahoma. ...

  • Morgenthau, as Secretary of the Treasury, was briefly next in line while Jimmy Byrnes was being confirmed as Secretary of State by the Senate
    • Martin was Speaker of the House, as were McCormack and Albert

 
 

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