In 1825, Illinois Gov. Edward Coles told Lt. Gov. Adolphus Hubbard that he would be traveling out of state for about three months and that Hubbard would take over temporarily. When Coles returned about 10 weeks later, Hubbard claimed Coles had forfeited his job. But the Illinois Supreme Court thought differently. In another coup attempt by a lieutenant governor, Florida's William Gleason tried to replace Harrison Reed in the aftermath of the Civil War. Gleason proclaimed himself governor and started signing documents from his hotel. It backfired. Not only did a court rule he wasn't governor, but it also found he was ineligible to be lieutenant governor because he hadn't been a state resident long enough.
ALEX GARCIA, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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