United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/3rd Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 21
Act of May 8, 1792, ch. 37.
In case of vacancy in the departments, President to fill them.
Proviso.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in case of vacancy in the office of Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, or of the Secretary of the department of War, or of any officer of either of the said departments, whose appointment is not in the head thereof, whereby they cannot perform the duties of their said respective offices; it shall be lawful for the President of the United States, in case he shall think it necessary, to authorize any person or persons, at his discretion, to perform the duties of the said respective offices, until a successor be appointed, or such vacancy be filled: Provided, That no one vacancy shall be supplied, in manner aforesaid, for a longer term than six months.
Approved, February 13, 1795.
- ↑ See note to act of May 8, 1792, chap. 37.