American Political Leaders by Richard L. Wilson

By Richard L. Wilson

Profiles of significant figures in American politics, from Bella Abzug via Woodrow Wilson, prepared alphabetically, via sector of task, and by means of 12 months of beginning.

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He strongly opposed many of RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON’s domestic policies while generally supporting Nixon’s efforts to disengage from Vietnam. Albert was credited with distinguished impartial conduct over the House impeachment investigation of Nixon. Albert twice stood next in line to succeed to the presidency. During 1973, the office of vice president was vacant because of the resignation of SPIRO THEODORE AGNEW (before GERALD RUDOLPH FORD was appointed vice president). In 1974, Albert was again next in line to the presidency after President Richard Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford became president, leaving the vice presidency vacant until NELSON ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER was selected as the new appointive vice president.

S. House of Representatives. Born on May 10, 1908, in McAlester, Oklahoma, Carl Bert Albert was the son of a coal miner and a farmer. An excellent student, he was a Rhodes scholar in law at Oxford after graduating with a political science degree from the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1931. In 1934, he returned to the United States, worked briefly for the Oklahoma branch of the Federal Housing Administration, and was admitted to the bar in 1935. He had a private law practice but was also a corporate lawyer for the Ohio Oil Company until he went into the armed forces in World War II.

Library of Congress) was reported to have been devastated by Garfield’s death on September 19, 1881. Arthur was very mindful of the previous cases in which a vice president took over on the death of a president. He knew in virtually every case that the elevated vice president had failed. The JOHN TYLER, MILLARD FILLMORE, and ANDREW JOHNSON presidencies were all lackluster at best and clear failures at worst. Arthur deeply feared the political situation caused by an assassin killing Garfield and saying that he wanted to make Arthur president.

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