Winning the Presidency After Inheriting It: Theodore Roosevelt Makes History in 1904

When a President dies in office, steps down or is forced to leave the Oval, the job passes to the next in the line of succession, the Vice-President, until the end of the term. That has been the case since the Constitution was written. An incumbent with an inherited Presidency running for re-election to the […]

The 1948 Presidential Election: When Almost Everyone Thought Dewey Would (And Did) Defeat Truman

The 1948 Presidential Election will be remembered for two things: being one of the biggest upsets in US political history and the famous photograph of incumbent President Harry S. Truman holding up a newspaper announcing his defeat during his victory speech. Going into the election, it looked like the Democratic Party’s traditional voting base would […]