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Re: [prezveepsenator] Re: World's smallest presidential library planned in Atchison, Kansas

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  • Greg Cannon
    Thanks, Ram. I ve always regarded Atchison s claim as fishy, but haven t had the information to disprove it.
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 1, 2005
      Thanks, Ram. I've always regarded Atchison's claim as
      fishy, but haven't had the information to disprove it.

      --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

      > > "The press at the time referred to him vice
      > president," Taylor said.
      > > "He assumed the duties of the vice president,
      > which was to preside
      > > over the Senate."
      > Thanks Greg! Great article. I didn't know about
      > Atchison being in a
      > leadership position of the Senate and referred to as
      > the Veep. As a
      > follow-up, the following excerpt is from Atchison's
      > bio page on Wikipedia:
      > While it is true that the offices of President and
      > Vice President were
      > vacant, Atchison in fact was not next in line. While
      > the terms of
      > James K. Polk and Vice President George Mifflin
      > Dallas expired at noon
      > on March 4, Atchison's tenure as President Pro
      > Tempore did as well. He
      > also never took the oath of office, although there
      > is no
      > constitutional requirement, then or now, for an
      > Acting President to do
      > so. No disability or lack of qualification prevented
      > Taylor and
      > Fillmore from taking office, and as they had been
      > duly certified as
      > President-elect and Vice-President elect, if Taylor
      > was not President
      > because he had not been sworn in as such, then
      > Atchison, who hadn't
      > been sworn in either, certainly wasn't.
      > The highest-ranking officer who legally continued in
      > office during the
      > interim was Polk's Secretary of State, James
      > Buchanan, so one could
      > argue that he was President for a day.
      > Interestingly, Buchanan was
      > actually elected President in his own right in 1856.
      > Atchison was sworn in for his new term as President
      > Pro Tem minutes
      > before both Fillmore and Taylor, which might
      > theoretically make him
      > Acting President for at least that length of time;
      > however, this also
      > implies that any time the Vice President is sworn in
      > before the
      > President, the Vice President is the de facto Acting
      > President. Since
      > this is a common occurrence, if Atchison is
      > considered President, so
      > must every Vice President whose inauguration
      > preceded that of the
      > President. Obviously this is not the case.
      > Therefore, while one could
      > argue that Atchison was legally President for a few
      > minutes (though
      > even this much is debatable), claims that he should
      > be considered an
      > "official" President are absurd.
      > When asked what he did on March 4, 1849, Atchison
      > replied, "I went to
      > bed. There had been two or three busy nights
      > finishing up the work of
      > the Senate, and I slept most of that Sunday." He
      > jokingly boasted that
      > his "presidency" was the "most honest administration
      > this country ever
      > had."
      > Ram
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