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Last updated 4/12/2017 at Noon

Harry Truman became president of the United States 72 years ago this week, having served as Franklin Roosevelt’s vice-president for less than four months. Neither office had any appeal to Mr. Truman, who was essentially bullied onto the ticket by party elders and the president himself.

Nine men have ascended to the presidency in this way, following either the death of the incumbent (eight times) or resignation (Gerald Ford succeeding Richard Nixon in 1974), forming a subset of accidental presidents. Truman, though, belongs to a smaller group: Only four of these men went on to win electio...

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