What Would Have Happened if an American President-Elect Had Died *BEFORE* the 20th Amendment Was Ratified?
I'm working on an alternate history timeline in which Calvin Coolidge sought (and won) a second term as President in the 1932 election. As a lot of you may know, Coolidge was felled by a heart attack two months before the real-life inauguration of FDR, and mere days before the ratification of the 20th Amendment, and if he also happened to be President-Elect at the time, I could see all kinds of potential for legal chaos, lengthy court battles, judicial precedents, etc. But I'm stuck because I'm not sure what would have been the procedural norm for succession following the death of a President-Elect before the 20th was made law. Any help here would be most appreciated! :-)posted by Buddy-Rey to law & government (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite