Accidental Presidents: The Veeps Who Changed American History

Author Jared Cohen looks back at eight points in our history when America’s vice president had to assume to highest office in the land.

Not many American vice presidents have successfully run and attained higher office.

The most well-known ones — Andrew Johnson, Harry Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson — were elevated after violence and illness led to President’s dying in-office. But Joseph Biden, former vice president and current Democratic nominee for president, won’t be alone if he wins this November. 

Jared Cohenserves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of the New York Times bestselling author of “Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America.” He speaks with host Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today. 

Listen: Jared Cohen on the vice president’s who went on to become president and shape the American story.

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