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Asked in History of the United States, US Constitution, US Government

Who becomes president of the US if both the president and vice president die?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives is next in the line of Presidential succession. However, this would require that both offices, President and Vice President, be simultaneously vacant. This is much less likely following the enactment of the 25th Amendment, which provides for a replacement Vice President whenever the position is vacated. According the current Presidential Succession Act (3 USC § 19), the order of succession if both the President and Vice President die, are removed from office, and/or are unable to perform...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents, Gerald Ford

What US President was not elected either President or Vice President?

Gerald R. Ford. Ford was selected and confirmed as the vice President on December 6, 1973, while he was a US Congressman, after the resignation of Vice president Spiro T. Agnew. Ford then became President on August 9, 1974 with the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. (Ford ran for reelection but was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976, so he was never elected President or vice president.) ...
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Asked in History of the United States, Colonial America

Did the New Englanders settle the cape fear region?

The Pilgrims settled the Cap Cod region in Massachusetts. Cape Fear is in North Carolina. ...
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Asked in History of the United States

What is Custer's historical significance?

There were TWO catagories of Frontier fighting during the westward movement days of America's westward expansion. The East and the West. The Eastern wars fought during the 1600's and 1700's and early 1800's against the Blackhawks, Seminoles, Mohawks, Mohicans were FAR BLOODIER than the war's fought in the west, especially after the US Civil War (1861-1865). The western frontier wars against the Sioux, Cheyanne, Blackfoot, Commanche, and Apache, began in the 1800's and steadily picked up steam as the movement west accelerated. But...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents, US Constitution

Who elects the US president?

The Electoral College elects the president. The members, called electors, are elected by the popular vote of the citizens of each state in the general election, which is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The candidates for elector have the same party affiliations as the candidates for president and VP and citizens select the electors accordingly. Often the names of the electors do not appear on the ballot, just the candidates they represent. However electors are not legally...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents

Who was the first President of the United States?

General George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States of America under the US Constitution. He was elected in 1787 and again in 1792 and served as President from April 30,1789 until March 4, 1797. The Hanson argument-- Sometimes, John Hanson is referred to as the first US president due to his ancestors' success of convincing the Maryland Legislature that he was the first President to serve under the articles of Confederation--- but that is NOT the same as the elected...
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Asked in History of the United States, Mount Rushmore

Whose faces are carved on Mount Rushmore?

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are depicted on Mount Rushmore in that order from left to right. George Washington, (1st president) led the early colonial army in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. Because of his importance and his role in creating the United States, Washington is the most prominent figure on the mountain. (1732-1799) Thomas Jefferson, (3rd president) he was the author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He...
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Asked in History of the United States, Flags, Flag of the United States

What do the stripes on the US flag represent?

Meaning of Red and White Stripes on US Flag There was an act that said that the flag of the thirteen United States would have thirteen stripes, alternated with red and white, and the union would be thirteen stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. Attributed to George Washington was that it takes the stars from the heavens, and the red from our mother country, separated by white stripes, and the white stripes would mean liberty. More input from Wikifriendus...
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Asked in History of the United States, Flags, Flag of the United States

What do the stripes represent on the US flag?

The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies that formed the US. The original act of Congress said that the flag of the thirteen United States would have thirteen stripes, alternated with red and white, and the union would be thirteen stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new constellation. The stripes represented the 13 states of the Union. Attributed to George Washington was that it takes the stars from the heavens, and the red from our mother country, separated by white...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Civil War, The Great Depression

How did the role of the federal government in US citizens lives change during the period of Reconstruction?

The major effect of the Great Depression and the New Deal on America was expanded government intervention into new areas of social and economic affairs and the creation of more social assistance agencies at the national level. The relationship between the national government and the people changed drastically. The government took on a greater role in the everyday social and economic lives of the people. The New Deal programs of FDR also created a liberal political alliance made up of labor unions, blacks...
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Asked in History of the United States, Hawaii

When did Hawaii become a US State?

Hawaii was annexed as a territory in June of 1898 by an Act of Congress, and became a state on 21 August 1959, becoming the 50th state to join the union. ...
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Asked in World War 2, History of the United States

How did World War 2 affect the US economy?

WWII and the US Economy World War 2 was one of the reasons the Great Depression ended. World War 2 gave jobs to thousands, if not millions, of people in the U.S. Soldiers were paid and some sent money home, men too old to be in the army replaced the men that were at war, and women worked in factories to build aeroplane's, ships, tanks, etc. WW2 created much needed jobs in factories involving the production of war supplies. It jump started us...
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Asked in Founding Fathers, History of the United States, US Constitution

Which Founding Fathers signed the Constitution?

George WASHINGTON, President New Hampshire: JOHN LANGDON, NICHOLAS GILMAN Massachusetts: NATHANIEL GORHAM, RUFUS KING Connecticut: WM. SAML. JOHNSON, ROGER SHERMAN New York: ALEXANDER HAMILTON New Jersey: WIL. LIVINGSTON, DAVID BREARLEY, WM. PATERSON, JONA. DAYTON Pennsylvania: B. FRANKLIN, THOMAS MIFFLIN, ROBT MORRIS, GEO. CLYMER, THOS. FITZSIMONS, JARED INGERSOLL, JAMES WILSON, GOUV MORRIS Delaware: GEO. READ, GUNNING BEDFORD jun, JOHN DICKINSON, RICHARD BASSETT, JACO. BROOM Maryland: JAMES MCHENRY, DAN OF ST THOS. JENIFER, DANL CARROLL Virginia: JOHN BLAIR, JAMES MADISON jr North Carolina: WM. BLOUNT, RICHD....
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Asked in Founding Fathers, History of the United States, US Constitution

What state did not send delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

Rhode Island. The State's leaders refused to participate in the Constitutional Convention because they believed it was a conspiracy to overthrow the current government, which was operating under the Articles of Convention. Patrick Henry, who would have been their delegate, declared he "smelt a rat," and didn't want to participate in a project that threatened state sovereignty. ...
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Asked in History of the United States, Texas, Battle of the Alamo

Did the defenders of the Alamo use Gatling guns?

No, the Gatling Gun was not invented until almost thirty years after the fall of the Alamo. ...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Presidents

What US president was elected four times?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the only U.S. President elected to four terms: 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. He died on April 12, 1945, only three months into his fourth term, and was succeeded by his Vice President, Harry Truman. On February 27, 1951, almost 7 years after FDR's death, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified essentially limiting the term of the U.S. President to two 4-year terms.* Prior to the 22nd Amendment, there was no limit on the number...
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Asked in History of the United States, China and Chinese Territories, US Government

Is China better than the United States?

The Debate The most commonly debated ideas between the two: Society and Demographics Pointing out the obvious, China's 1.34 billion population far outsizes the 314 million people in the United States (US). However, in terms of total geographical area, China and the US are on par at around 9,700,000 km2. As a result, China has a population density more than 4 times that of the US. The US has a much higher human development index (HDI), which it ranks 4th compared to China which ranks...
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Asked in History of the United States, Jewelry

Is bailey banks and biddle closing?

Yes it did close, but it has reopened in five locations currently and online! They are looking to expand in the next 5 years. A link to their web site is below. ...
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Asked in History of the United States

Who was Ah-Jon-Jon?

Assiniboine Indian chief who was also known as "The Light" and depicted in pictures painted by the artist George Catlin in the 1830's ...
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Asked in History of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte

What influenced Napoleon Bonaparte to sell the Louisiana territory?

Napoleon Bonaparte was rebuilding the power of France in Europe and attempting to regain much of its colonial empire. In a secret treaty between and Spain, Napoleon regained the vast amount of territory it had years ago ceded to Spain. The territory covered what is now the US State of Louisiana, and expanded to areas northwest of the Mississippi River. The territory was about 828,000 square miles.US President Thomas Jefferson understood the importance of not having a strong French presence in the...
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Asked in History of the United States, Conspiracy Theories, John F. Kennedy

Who assassinated John F. Kennedy?

Every investigation (and there has been more than one) has consistently determined that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed President Kennedy and wounded Texas Governor Connally. No investigation was ever able to substantiate that a conspiracy existed, or to prove that any other person was definitely involved. The evidence indicating Oswald's guilt is overwhelming. The shots were fired from his place of employment, the Texas School Book Depository. He had no alibi for the time of the shooting. His rifle was discovered on...
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Asked in History of the United States, War and Military History, Mexico, Mexican-American War

What lands did the US acquire from Mexico after the Mexican War?

The whole states of California, Nevada, Utah and Texas, as well as parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. The original US-Mexico border was defined by the Sabine River north from the Gulf of Mexico to the 32nd parallel north (32°N), then due north to the Red River, west along the Red River to the 100th meridian west (100°W), due north to the Arkansas River, west to its headwaters, north to the 42nd parallel north (42°N), and finally west along that...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Constitution, US Government

What rights are guaranteed by the US Constitution's Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights is in the US Constitution and guarantees rights that are vital to a free and open democratic society. The Bill of Rights specifies such important rights as freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. The idea behind these ten amendments is to make sure the federal government does not become a tyranny. ...
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Asked in History of the United States, US Constitution, US Government

How many states had to ratify the constitution before it went into effect?

According to Article VII, the Constitution was required to be ratified by 9 of the 13 states before it went into effect. All 13 eventually ratified, the last two being North Carolina (1789) and Rhode island (1790). In June 1788, New Hampshire fulfilled the requirement for ratification set forth in Article VII by becoming the ninth state to approve. The Constitution didn't become law until it formally replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789, however. ...
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Asked in Vietnam War, History of the United States, Communism

Why did the US get involved in the Vietnam war?

The Vietnam War was the longest war ever fought by the United States. It lasted more than 15 years, from 1959 to 1975. It was also the first war that the United States lost. WHY THE WAR WAS FOUGHT The United States entered the war to stop the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia. American leaders feared that Communist forces would gain control of Vietnam. After that, nation after nation might fall to Communism. Communism is a political and economic system that...
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