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President Qualifications, President Constitution Qualifications, President Constitutional Requirements
to Serve, Presidents by Succession, Presidential Succession Order of Presidency Vice President
President Qualifications and the Constitution
Constitutional qualifications to serve as president
- Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States
- Must be 35 years of age or older
- Must have been a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years
Presidents who became president by succession
Chester A. Arthur
Gerald R. Ford*
Lyndon B. Johnson
Harry S. Truman
*Mr. Ford assumed the office upon the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. All
others were due to the death of their predecessor.
Presidents who served, but were never elected
Chester A. Arthur
Gerald R. Ford
Presidents who had no vice president**
Chester A. Arthur
**The 25th Amendment now requires presidents to nominate a new vice president
Sources: Feerick, John D. From Falling Hands: The Story of Presidential
York: Fordham University Press,
1965; U.S. Department of State; White House; United States Senate; National Archives
Reading: U.S. Presidents for Dummies (408 pages). Description: Forty-three Americans, as
of 2002, have held the office of President of the United States.
Each has a story, be it one of vision, accomplishment, conflict, scandal, triumph, or tragedy. And each story is at the center
of the national story, a part of what we all experience. History buffs find endless fascination – and a greater
understanding of America today – in
the colorful personalities and momentous events that surround the Oval Office. If you want the complete take on U.S. presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush,
you’ll appreciate U.S. Presidents for Dummies. Continued below...
in a lively style by a history professor at the University of Texas, this fun guidebook of chief executives is packed with information, factoids,
and memorable quotes. Inside, you’ll find out which president:
Promised to only serve one term, and kept his word!
Was a great person but a rotten president
Campaigned on nothing but image – in
the nineteenth century!
be the most underrated president
his own distributor bringing liquor to the White House – during Prohibition!
Appointed the first female cabinet
through the first civil rights legislation after the end of the Civil War
Said of himself, “I am a man of limited talents from a small town. I don’t seem to grasp that I am president.”
U.S. Presidents for Dummies
offers a wealth of knowledge on what it takes to be the leader of the free world, and who has stepped up to the challenge.
Dividing the ranks of presidents into chronological groups for a broader, historical understanding of the office, this book
The birth and evolution of the presidency
Working up to the Civil War
Becoming a force in the world
Instituting the Imperial Presidency
Today’s changing dynamics and the Presidency
A treasury of information, this book features an easy-to-comprehend
style and sharp historical analysis. Sidebars, photos, timelines, and best and worst lists make U.S. Presidents for Dummies
a historical blast to read and a must-have for understanding the state of both yesterday’s and today’s union.
Recommended Reading: The Presidents Fact Book: A Comprehensive
Handbook to the Achievements, Events, People, Triumphs, and Tragedies of Every President from George Washington to George
W. Bush (Hardcover: 772 pages). Description:
The Presidents Fact Book is the definitive guide to the political and personal lives of every U.S. President through George
W. Bush. It is a complete chronological review of the chief executives: their major accomplishments and gaffes, their cabinets
and legislation, their personalities and families, and much more. And it includes enlightening biographies of each of the
first ladies, providing an intimate look at the presidents' personal lives. Continued below...
It is illustrated
with 1,000 helpful photographs and illustrations throughout, and it features selections of the most significant
primary documents of each administration, as well as thousands of little-known presidential facts. Whether you're interested
in the uncanny similarities between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, the shortest president (James Madison), or the members
of FDR's first cabinet, The Presidents Fact Book is the ideal resource--for comprehensive research or compulsive browsing.
Recommended Viewing: The History
Channel Presents The Presidents (DVD: 6 Hours). Description: THE PRESIDENTS is an unprecedented eight-part survey
of the personal lives and legacies of the remarkable men who have presided over the Oval Office. From George Washington to
George W. Bush, THE PRESIDENTS gathers together vivid snapshots of all 43 Commanders in Chief who have guided America
throughout its history--their powerful personalities, weaknesses, and major achievements or historical insignificance. Based
on the book To the Best of My Ability, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner James
McPherson, THE PRESIDENTS features rare and unseen photographs and footage, unexpected insight and trivia from journalists,
scholars, and politicians such as Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Wesley Clark, Bob Dole, and former President Jimmy Carter.
the changing contexts of each administration, the Presidency has never seemed more compelling and human. Narrated by Edward
Herrmann ("The Aviator"), this three-DVD set is a proud addition to the award-winning documentary tradition of THE HISTORY
CHANNEL®. DVD Features: Feature-length Bonus Program "All The Presidents' Wives"; Timeline of U.S.
Presidents; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection, and more!
Recommended Viewing: The History Channel Presents The Revolution (A&E) (600 minutes). Review: They came of age in a new world amid intoxicating and innovative
ideas about human and civil rights diverse economic systems and self-government. In a few short years these men and women
would transform themselves into architects of the future through the building of a new nation – “a nation unlike
any before.” From the roots of the rebellion and the signing of the Declaration of Independence to victory on the battlefield
at Yorktown and the adoption of The United States Constitution, THE REVOLUTION tells the
remarkable story of this pivotal era in history. Continued below...
Venturing beyond the conventional list of generals and politicians, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® introduces the
full range of individuals who helped shape this great conflict including some of the war’s most influential unsung heroes.
Through sweeping cinematic recreations intimate biographical investigations and provocative political military and economic
analysis the historic ideas and themes that transformed treasonous acts against the British into noble acts of courage both
on and off the battlefield come to life in this dramatic and captivating program. This TEN HOUR DVD Features: History in the
Making: The Revolution Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Interactive Menus; Scene Selections.
Recommended Viewing: The
American Revolution (History Channel) (482 minutes). Description: Revisit the birth of a nation in this truly definitive
look at America's fight for independence and its world-changing rise to glory. The American
Revolution features ten powerful documentaries--more than eight hours of essential programming by THE HISTORY CHANNEL® and
A&E on DVD for the first time. From the Declaration of Independence to the Treaty of Paris, these are the stories and
events surrounding the remarkable achievements of heroic individuals seized by the epic forces of history. Continued below...
Hear the words of the founding fathers and other key figures, as read by leading actors such as Kelsey Grammar
(TV’s Frasier) and Michael Learned (TV’s The Waltons). Thrilling re-enactments of great battles, compelling period
images, rare archival material, and commentary by leading historians bring the past vividly alive. Between Bunker Hill and
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