7 US Presidents With the Shortest Stints in the Oval Office

In October 2022, Liz Truss became Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, resigning after just six weeks in office. With her hasty departure, Truss joined the ranks of the world’s briefest tenures as head of state.

It’s hard to imagine anyone beating out President Pedro Lascuráin, who held Mexico’s highest office for less than an hour in 1913 (it was planned as part of a coup). There was also the Duke of Angouleme, who abdicated the French throne in 1830 after a blink-and-you-missed-it 20 minutes as King Louis XIX.

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