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BEST 1792 newspaper w 1st printing of the PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION ACT of 1792

BEST 1792 newspaper w 1st printing of the PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION ACT of 1792

Published by Gazette of the US, Philadelphia, PA, 1792
Condition: Good No Binding
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COMPLETE, ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER, the Gazette of the US (Philadelphia, PA) dated March 17, 1792. The Gazette of the United States was an early American partisan newspaper first issued on April 15, 1789, as a biweekly publication friendly to the administration of George Washington, and to the policies and members of the emerging Federalist Party. The Gazette was originally published in New York City by editor John Fenno, but followed the United States Government in 1790 to its new temporary seat and capital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This newspaper contains a front page printing (in 1+ columns) of the PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION ACT of 1792. The Presidential Succession Act establishes the line of succession to the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States in the event that neither a President nor Vice President is able to "discharge the powers and duties of the office." This is the FIRST PRINTING of that important act which determined the line of succession in case of death or disability of the President of the US !! In part due to George Washington's illness eighteen months earlier, on February 20, 1792 the United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in passing what is now commonly known as the "Presidential Succession Act of 1792," the first comprehensive law establishing a line of succession to the presidency. Formally known as "An Act relative to the Election of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the Officer who shall act as President in case of Vacancies in the office both of President and Vice President," the act deals with a variety of issues, waiting until Section 9 to address the subject for which it ultimately becomes known. Section 9 provides that, if both offices (President and Vice President) are vacated, the President pro tempore of the United States Senate would "for the time being act as President of the United States until the disability be removed or a President shall be elected." Next in line was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but as you can read in the text of the act (below), it made no provision beyond the Speaker - a misnomer sometimes stated in resources on presidential succession law. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the 1792 law isn't the succession law (Section 9) itself, but what's contained in Sections 10 and 12. In those sections, Congress provided that if both offices were vacated, a new election of a President and Vice President should be held - with the newly elected officers serving full, four year terms. Section 10 reads in an unwieldly fashion and its provisions are perhaps best lost to history, but the thought of having a presidential election more frequently than every four years - now seemingly unconscionable - was apparently exactly what our nation's founding fathers intended had both the Presidency and Vice Presidency ever been simultaneously vacant. Unfortunately, the 1792 law did nothing key questions which were raised during President Washington's 1790 illness: How would a Vice President become Acting President if the President became disabled? How would a President constitutionally resume his office. or, for that matter, could he even do so? Despite a number of incidents during the near century under which the law was in effect, we'd thankfully not find out. Bookseller Inventory # 000092

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Title: BEST 1792 newspaper w 1st printing of the ...

Publisher: Gazette of the US, Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 1792

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Good

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