What happens when the Oval Office is unexpectedly empty? In our country’s history, eight men have assumed the office of President of the United States without being elected to it when the incumbent died. The presidencies of John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson—and their individual impacts on global affairs—were “accidental.” How did the character of these men affect the nation and the world? How do their stories reflect the power and limits of the American presidency during critical times?
Jared Cohen’s new book, Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America, will be available for sale and signing from the Book Cellar following the program.
'Transfers of Power': Jared Cohen on Accidental Presidents and Trump, Martin Pengelly, Guardian, 4/7/2019