Change of Presidents

Archive Report

New Tests in Transfer of the Presidency

Passage of Two Decades Without a President-Elect

Whatever the outcome of the November election, the United States will have a new President next January. Not since 1933 has there been a change of White House occupants as the result of an election. Roosevelt's long tenure through repeated re-election, Truman's succession from the vice presidency on the death of Roosevelt, and Truman's subsequent election for a full term have made it 20 years since a President-elect waited to take over the reins from an outgoing President. Now, with Truman not running, the country of a certainty faces the almost forgotten problems of a changeover in national administrations.

Although the Roosevelt administration gave way to the Truman administration in 1945, Truman undertook ...

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