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Episode Detail: Happenstance - The American President

Part 2 (of 10) profiles John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur and Harry Truman, all of whom ascended to the Presidency by happenstance (the deaths of their predecessors). Of the five, Truman, the only one to serve a second term, is the best-remembered. “If you get two terms you get a chapter in the history books,” says historian Richard E. Neustadt. “If you get one term, you get only a few paragraphs.” Voices: Charlie Rose (Tyler); Tim Russert (Fillmore); Don Imus (Johnson); Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (Arthur).

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Premiered: April 01, 2000, on PBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: American presidents are profiled in this 10-hour 2000 series from the producers of the Emmy-winning 1988 documentary `JFK: In His Own Words.' The series gives each chief executive about 15 minutes and studies them thematically rather than chronologically. Political figures and journalists (Colin Powell, Tim Russert, Bob Dole and John Glenn among them) supply the voices for presidents who served before the advent of sound recording.

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