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David R. Atchison signs an autograph document.
Autograph Document signed: "Atchison Atto. For pltf", 3p, 8¼x13¼. Clay County (Missouri), 30 April, 1832. Declaration filed by Atchison on behalf of plaintiff Samuel Mundy in the case of Samuel Mundy vs. Edmund Mundy for the Clay County Circuit Court, June term 1832. Signed on p3. In full: "Samuel Mundy complains of Edmund Mundy in custody of a plea of trespass on the case for that whereas the said defendant heretofore to wit on the twenty fifth day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty one at the County of Clay was indebted to said plaintiff in the sum of eighty three dollars of lawful money of the United States for eighty three dollars by said defendant had and received before that time had and received to and for the use of the said plaintiff and being so indebted he the said defendant in consideration thereof afterward to wit on the day and year last aforesaid in the county aforesaid undertook and then and there faithfully promised the said plaintiff to pay him the said last mentioned sum of money when he the said Defendant should be thereunto afterwards requested. And whereas also the said Defendant afterwards to wit on the day and year last aforesaid in the county aforesaid was indebted; to the said plaintiff in the further sum of fifteen dollars of like lawful money for a horse by the said plaintiff before that time sold and delivered to the said Defendant and at his special instance and request, and being so indebted he the said Defendant in consideration thereof, afterwards to wit on the day and year aforesaid at the county aforesaid undertook and faithfully promised to said plaintiff to pay him the said last mentioned sum of money when he the said Defendant should be thereunto afterwards requested yet the said Defendant not regarding his said several promises and undertakings so by him in manner and form aforesaid made, but contravening and fraudulently intending craftily and subtly to deceive and defraud the said plaintiff in this respect, hath not yet paid the several sums of money in said two counts mentioned on any or either of them or any part thereof; to the said plaintiff as aforesaid, although often requested so to do, but the said defendant to pay the same or any part thereof hath wholly refused, and still doth refuse, to the damage of said plaintiff one hundred and fifty dollars, wherefore he brings suit." Docketed on p3 verso. Atchison served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1843-1855. Polk's term as 11th U.S. President had 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, Missouri Senator David R. 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. Lightly soiled. Some paper separation at both edges of center horizontal folds. Page 3 frayed at right edge. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: August 11, 1807 in Lexington, Kentucky
Died: June 26, 1886 in Gower, Missouri

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