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  • The established order of leadership replacement among political leaders or monarchs. In the United States, the Presidential Succession Act (1947) delineates that in the case of the removal, death, or resig nation of the President, he or she would be succeeded in the following order: the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tempore, and then cabinet members in the order in which their departments were created.

    The act was signed by President Harry Truman and replaced the 1886 version of the law, in which Congress had removed the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House from the original act of 1792s line of succession.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n2473

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