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 David Rice Atchison

David Rice Atchison

Birth
Frogtown, Marion County, Kentucky, USA
Death 26 Jan 1886 (aged 78)
Clinton County, Missouri, USA
Burial Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 4972 · View Source
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US Senator. Twice elected as a Senator from Missouri to the United States Senate, serving first from 1843 to 1848, then from 1849 to 1855. Served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 1849. The term of President James K Polk ended on Sunday March 4 1849, and President-Elect Zachary Taylor refused to take the oath of office on a Sunday, so Senator Atchison is said to have been President of The United States for one day. In reality President Polk's term was extended for one day, and David Atchison spent the entire day he was supposed to have been President in bed. Atchison Counties in Missouri and Kansas are named for him.


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  • Added: 1 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4972
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Rice Atchison (11 Aug 1807–26 Jan 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4972, citing Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .