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Editor says, what if Arthur P. Hinman had discovered evidence that Chester A. Arthur was not a native-born citizen of the United States? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1886,on this day 23rd President of the United States John Alexander "Blackjack" Logan (pictured) died aged sixty.
Death of President LoganHe served in the Mexican-American War and was a general in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He served the state of Illinois as a state senator, congressman and senator and was an successful candidate for Vice President of the United States with Solomon Foot in the election of 1884.
But he had served for only nine months since the demise of President Foot who as the President pro tempore of the Senate had closed-out the disgraced Chester A. Arthur's term with out a VP but had then chosen Logan at the 1864 Convention.
Logan's own brief tenure was the shaky conclusion to a series of truncated Presidencies from James A. Garfield (assassination after 200 days), Chester A. Arthur (resignation after three years), Solomon Foot (death after three years) and finally Logan (death after six months). The unsteadiness of the succession over six years demonstrated that a Constitutional Amendment was clearly needed to require a sitting President to nominate a VP following his own ascension to that post.
Editor says, thanks to Facebook user Michael William Stone for his valued suggestion - why it shouldn't still be John A Logan? OTL he was paired with Blaine, another New Englander, so he still makes just as much sense. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.