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David Rice Atchison
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President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
December 20, 1852 – December 4, 1854
Preceded by William R. King
Succeeded by Lewis Cass
In office
August 8, 1846 – December 2, 1849
Preceded by Ambrose Hundley Sevier
Succeeded by William R. King
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
October 14, 1843 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Lewis F. Linn
Succeeded by James S. Green
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1807-08-11)August 11, 1807
Lexington, Kentucky
Died January 26, 1886(1886-01-26) (aged 78)
Gower, Missouri
Resting place Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Transylvania University
Profession Lawyer, politician
Military service
Branch/service United StatesMissouri Volunteer Militia
Missouri Missouri State Guard
Years of service 1838 (MVM)
1861–1862 (MSG)
Rank Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Major-General (MVM)
Confederate States of America General-collar.svg Brigadier-General (MSG)
Battles/wars Missouri Mormon War

American Civil War

  • Action at Blue Mills Landing

David Rice Atchison (August 11, 1807 – January 26, 1886) was an American Democratic politician. He was a United States Senator from Missouri. He was President pro tempore of the United States Senate for six years.

He is best known for the claim that for 24 hours—Sunday, March 4, 1849 through noon on Monday—he may have been Acting President of the United States. This, however, has been dismissed by nearly all historians, scholars, and biographers.

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