THE FIRST TIME A PRESIDENT WAS INAUGURATED ONE DAY AFTER THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION DAY

David Rice Atchison was President Pro tempore of the Senate, and at that time in history, his office was after the Vice President in the Presidential succession line.  

In 1849, a newly sworn in President of the United States would take office on March 4 (the current swearing in date is January 20.) Zachary Taylor was the newly elected President in 1849, and he refused to be sworn in on March 4, 1849. Taylor was an ultra-religious man, and March 4, 1849 was a Sunday. Millard Fillmore was the newly elected V.P., and he also did not take the oath on Sunday, March 4.Technically, the United States did not have a President from noon, on March 4, 1849, until noon, on Monday March 5, 1849.

Some people in Missouri like to CLAIM that David Rice Atchison was the President of the United States for 1 day. In reality, Atchison's Senatorial term had also expired on March 4, and he had not yet taken the oath of office for his next Senatorial term, which means that he was not eligible to be the President of the United States of America, on March 4, 1849. Basically, the people in Missouri wanted something to crow about, and in 1849 there wasn't much to crow about.

The people in Atchison's home county were hopelessly "IN LOVE" with him. They actually had a statue built for the man who was SUPPOSEDLY President of the United States for one day.

For your enjoyment, I have posted a few photographs of that statue, which I took a few years ago. I have been sitting on the photographs, and waiting for the perfect time to write this blog. When I found out that the upcoming inauguration was going to be held on the day after the official January 20th Inauguration Day, I knew it would be a perfect time to write this blog post.

By the way, as opposed to President Taylor refusing to be sworn in on a Sunday, President Obama will be sworn in, on Sunday January 20, but the public swearing in ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21st. This has been the custom for the other times that the Inauguration Day has fallen on a Sunday, and this is the 7th time that it has happened.

In this modern world, it would be potentially catastrophic to be without a Prez and a Vice Prez for one day. On the other hand, it would give the American people a break from hearing the MORONIC comments that the self-appointed political EXPERTS, from the Fox "Not Really News" News Channel, spew out from their lily-white mouths.

Without any further adieu - HERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF MISSOURI'S "FAVORITE SON"










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