David Rice Atchison - President for a Day?
David Rice Atchison was a two-term U.S. senator from Missouri in the mid-19th century. This included six years as Senate president pro tempore, at the time placing him third in the presidential line of succession. It was Mr. Atchison’s service in this position that -- some contend -- elevated him to the presidency for 24 hours in March 1849. Chris Taylor, director of the Atchison County Historical Society, discussed Mr. Atchison’s life and explored the question of whether he should be recognized as the nation’s 12th president. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event in 2014 and provided the video. Chris Taylor passed away in 2019. close
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