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Congress Establishes First Law Of Presidential Succession


Congress passes a Presidential Succession Act that says that should both the president and vice president be unable to serve, the president pro tempore of the Senate (i.e., the person selected to preside over the Senate when the vice president is absent) would serve as president. If there was no president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives would serve, and the line of succession would then proceed through the cabinet officers in the order their departments were created.