When presidents or prime ministers are elected, there's an expectation the individuals will spend a certain number of days, weeks, and months in service to the government and the people. It extends even further when monarchs accede to the throne, often thought to their role for years or decades.
While leadership positions can come with terms of office attached to them or be (theoretically) for life, that's not always how events have played out. Coups, untimely deaths, scandal - these can all result in a quick and sudden end to one's term. From the violent ousting of a president or a smooth transition between prime ministers, a short time in office may result in an individual being completely overlooked.
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Married to the eldest daughter of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, Marie Therese, Louis Antoine briefly ruled France in 1830. Louis Antoine spent his early life outside of France, returning to fight for the royalists against Napoleon during the 1810s. As the oldest son of Charles X of France, Louis Antoine, the Duke of Angouleme, became Louis XIX when his father abdicated, reportedly stepping down 20 minutes after his father had done the same.17517Surprisingly short time?
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich was made the head of the Russian government by his brother, Tsar Nicholas II. When Nicholas II abdicated on March 15, 1917, he removed his son from succession and appointed Michael as his successor.
Initially, Michael neither accepted nor declined the position. After meeting with representatives from the new Provisional Government the day after Nicholas II abdicated, Michael issued a statement. He urged, "all citizens of the Russian Empire to submit" to the government, more or less agreeing to serve as a figurehead until an elected body, "shall manifest the will of the people by deciding upon the new form of government."
There were roughly 16 to 20 hours between Nicholas II's abdication and the signing of Michael's manifesto.15017Surprisingly short time?
Amid the tumult of political change in Sierra Leone during the 1960s and 1970s, Siaka Stevens became Prime Minister on March 21, 1967 - for a few minutes. A military coup led by one of his rivals overthrew him the same day.1077Surprisingly short time?
Carlos Luz Spent Three Days As The President Of Brazil
Carlos Luz was the shortest-serving president in Brazil's history, but several of his predecessors technically held the title - but never made it into the office. Rodrigues Alves was president-elect of Brazil in 1918 but died during the global influenza pandemic before taking office, while Julio Prestes was elected in 1930 but overthrown before ever serving as president.
In 1954, Brazilian President Getulio Vargas agreed to take a leave of absence and then committed suicide. Vice President Joao Cafe took over as president and served the rest of Vargas' term. In 1955, Cafe claimed he was too ill to continue, at which time Carlos Luz, then head of the Chamber of Deputies, took over. He was president for three days in November - until he was deposed by one of his generals.9211Surprisingly short time?