David Rice Atchison

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Birthday
11, 1807
Birthplace
Lexington, KY
Death Date
Jan 26, 1886 (78)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
11, 1807
Birthplace
Lexington, KY
Death Date
Jan 26, 1886 (78)

About

Known for being Acting President of the United States for one day (Sunday, March 4, 1849) after newly-elected president Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on a Sunday. He was a US Senator from Missouri from 1844 to 1855.

Before Fame

He moved to western Missouri in 1830 to set up his own law practice.

Trivia

He was a pro-slavery activist who fought in the Civil War as a member of the Confederacy.

Family Life

His father was William Atchison.

Associated With

He was educated at Transylvania University alongside future Confederacy President Jefferson Davis.