On September 15, 1881, the Mexican Cabinet met for the first time since being granted full executive power by the Senate. Constabulary Commandant Benito Hermión immediately urged that the upcoming presidential election be postponed indefinitely, claiming that leading members of the Liberty Party were under the control of French revolutionaries. When Secretary of State Marco Ruíz asked for Hermión's evidence, the Commandant said that he could not reveal it, since two members of the Cabinet were also working for the French. Hermión was able to persuade six other Cabinet members to join him in voting to postpone the election. Hermión then proposed that a temporary executive office called Chief of State be created for the duration of the emergency, and again he was able to persuade a majority of the Cabinet to vote for it. The Cabinet then selected Hermión himself to be Chief of State.
On September 15, 1949, Kramer Associates President John Jackson died. Within hours, his chosen successor, Carl Salazar, had been named president in his place.