The election of 1916 was very close. It took several days to figure out whether Democratic incumbent Woodrow Wilson had won, or if he'd lost to Republican Charles Evan Hughes. During this period of doubt, Wilson sent a letter to his Secretary of State, informing him of the following:
- If Hughes won, Wilson would immediately name Hughes as his Secretary of State, and push through his confirmation.
- Wilson and his VP, Thomas R. Marshall, would immediately resign.
- Being third in line, Hughes would immediately become President, cutting out the lame duck phase.
Bush should really, really consider this. I want my bike.