DAVID RICE ATCHISON
Unsigned draft of Atchison's petition for an injunction restraining
a defendant from collecting a judgment for damages.
Autograph Document, unsigned. 1p, 8x10½. No place, no date. A
draft of Atchison's petition for an injunction restraining the defendant from
collecting a judgment for damages incurred. In part: "Application for
injunction A Mathews & j Snowden. An injunction initiated the Defendant
angst Matthews restraining them from collecting the judgment in
[illegible] court recovered at [illegible] by the said Matthews
against the said Philly and Boston debt of dollars...". David Rice
Atchison (1807-1886) served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from
1843-1855. Polk's term as 11th U.S. President ended at the stroke of midnight,
March 3, 1849. President-elect Zachary Taylor refused to take the oath of office
on his Sabbath, Sunday, March 4, 1849. He took the presidential oath on Monday,
March 5, 1849, the same day Vice President-elect Millard Fillmore was sworn in.
When Polk's Vice President, George M. Dallas, resigned as President of the
Senate on Friday, March 2, 1849, Atchison was elected President Pro Tempore
of the U.S. Senate, a position he had held since 1846. Since Article II of
the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to declare "what Officer shall
then act as President" in case of the "Inability, both of the President and the
Vice President", and since the President Pro Tempore of the Senate was next in
line to the Presidency, there are historians who insist that Atchison was
U.S. President for one day, March 4, 1849, and this is noted on his
tombstone. Creased and toned. Corners and edges worn with nicks and small tears.
Soiled. Residue on verso. Creased from folds. Paper loss at left
For more documents by these signers click the names below:
DAVID R. ATCHISON
This website image contains our company watermark. The actual document does not contain this watermark.