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List Rules US Vice Presidents who became President following the resignation, assassination, or other death of the Commander in Chief

All nine of the US Presidents who became President without having been elected President. This list features four Vice Presidents who were sworn in after their Commanders in Chief were assassinated, four who were inaugurated after their Presidents died of illness, and one who became President because of two resignations. If you ever wanted to know which man was never elected President of the United States, this list is for you.  

Can you name all the Presidents who weren't elected? This isn't to say that these guys were never elected - in fact, several of them followed up their short terms with full second terms. More commonly, however, Vice Presidents who assumed the Oval Office (well, the ones after it was built in 1909) were met with contention within their own party, not to mention political opponents. Read these interesting facts, and share them with your friends tonight. You will be the life of the party.

John Tyler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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10th President, inaugurated April 4, 1841 - Vice President to William Henry Harrison, who died of complications from pneumonia on his 32nd day in office. The first ever non-elected President, Tyler's opponents regularly called him "His Accidency" and addressed correspondences to him as "Vice President" or "Acting President" (letters which he returned unopened). When his term ended in 1845, he did not run for reelection. 

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Birthplace: Charles City County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Whig

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Millard Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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13th President, inaugurated July 9, 1850 - Vice President to Zachary Taylor, who died of intestinal illness one year and four months into his term. Though he wanted to run for reelection, Fillmore lost the Whig Party's nomination to General Winfield Scott - who then lost the 1852 Election to Democrat Franklin Pierce.

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Birthplace: Summerhill, Cayuga County, Contiguous United States, New York United States of America, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Know Nothing

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Andrew Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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17th President, inaugurated April 15, 1865 - Vice President to Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated one month into his second term. In 1868, amidst the high tension of the Radical Reconstruction of the South, Johnson became the first ever US President to be impeached. He was eventually acquitted of all charges and sought the Democratic nomination for the 1868 election, but received only four votes, all from his home state of Tennessee.

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Birthplace: Wake County, Area codes 919 and 984, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Democrat

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#43 on The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

#21 on The Greatest U.S. Vice Presidents of All Time

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Chester A. Arthur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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21st President, inaugurated September 19, 1881 - Vice President of James Garfield, who was assassinated after six months in office. Though he considered running for a full term in the 1884 Election, Arthur ran only a lackluster campaign due to limited support and his ailing health.

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Birthplace: Franklin County, Franklin-2 Vermont Representative District, 2002–2012, United States of America United States, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican

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#33 on The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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26th President, inaugurated September 14, 1901 - Vice President of William McKinley, who was assassinated six months into his second term. Considered one of the best US Presidents of all time, Roosevelt easily won a second term in a landslide victory during the 1904 Election. He also had the support of the public during the 1912 primary, but lost the nomination to William Howard Taft, the favorite of GOP party leaders.

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Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States New York, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican

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#10 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

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#6 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#17 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Calvin Coolidge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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30th President, inaugurated August 2, 1923 - Vice President to Warren G. Harding, who died following a respiratory illness after two years and four months in office. When his first term was up, Coolidge easily won the 1924 Election, securing every state outside of the South except for Wisconsin.

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Birthplace: United States, with Territories, Plymouth Notch, Vermont Vermont

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican

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#53 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#17 on The Best Two-Term U.S. Presidents

#15 on The Best Political Nicknames

#22 on The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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33rd President, inaugurated April 12, 1945 - Vice President to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died after 12 years in office, three months into his fourth term. Though Truman's public approval was only 36% at the beginning of 1948, he won the Election that year with 303 electoral votes (over Thomas E. Dewey's 189), securing a second term.

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Birthplace: United States of America, Lamar, United States, with Territories Missouri, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Democratic Party

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#29 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#18 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#6 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected
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36th President, inaugurated November 22, 1963 - Vice President to John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated after two years and 10 months in office. In the 1964 Election, Johnson won a second term by defeating GOP candidate Barry Goldwater in a landslide, with 486 electoral votes to his 52. 

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Birthplace: Texas, Contiguous United States, Edwards Plateau, United States of America United States, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Democratic Party

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#78 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#8 on The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

#30 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#10 on The Best Two-Term U.S. Presidents

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