Letters: Dec. 31, 1928

U. S. President Atchison

Sirs:

It has been stated repeatedly in TIME that Herbert Hoover will be the 31st President. While I realize that this is the usual way of reckoning, it would be more accurate to say that he will be the 32d President. I do not believe you have considered David Rice Atchison, who was President for exactly two days in 1849.

The inauguration day of General Zachary Taylor fell on Sunday, March 4, 1849. President Folk's term expired on March 3. As president of the senate David Rice Atchison became chief magistrate...

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