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Favorable or Unfavorable #20: David R Atchison


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Favorable or Unfavorable #20: David R Atchison  

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  2. 2. Favorable or Unfavorable #20: David R Atchison

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This guy would probably be a Jan 6th MAGA insurrectionist. Major figure in his day. No offense, but anyone that favors this guy is horrible person. 

Here are his actions:

Atchison, David R 1846 Sen Pres Pro Temp during Mexican War and lead up to Compr of 1850
Atchison, David R 1848 proposes compromise settlement regarding territories
Atchison, David R 1849 Works to get his inter-party colleague Sen Benton defeated for reelection over slavery
Atchison, David R 1849 Small minority of scholars claim he was acting president for a day
Atchison, David R 1853 proslavery role in KS-NB legislation
Atchison, David R 1854 in Cong junto that hooked Pierce to KS-NB
Atchison, David R 1854 Helps found pro-slavery settlement in KS (Atchison, KS)
Atchison, David R 1854 leads proslavery MO-ers into KS elections
Atchison, David R 1855 Calls on pro-slavery KS to defend slavery by force and to kill abolitionists, if necessary; recruits Border Ruffians
Atchison, David R 1856 Central focus of Sumner's "Crimes against Kansas" speech, detailing crimes, coups, tortures, murders in KS
Atchison, David R 1856 Defeated for reelection, likely from his role in KS, and paying people in MO and TX to interfere violently
Atchison, David R 1861 Joins the Confederacy, becoming a general
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3 minutes ago, matthewyoung123 said:

Yeah.  And I'm pretty well versed in Civil War Generals on both sides.  He must have been in the Trans-Mississippi.  That's the area I'm least familiar with.

Honestly, he's a pretty well distributed trivia question for the whole "technically President for a day but not really" thing.

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1 hour ago, matthewyoung123 said:

Yeah.  And I'm pretty well versed in Civil War Generals on both sides.  He must have been in the Trans-Mississippi.  That's the area I'm least familiar with.

He served in Missouri with Sterling Price in 1861-1862. He’s more famous as a Senator. He’d probably have the name recognition of a Ted Cruz today back in his time. Probably #5 in name recognition. Clay, WEbster, Calhoun, Benton, Atchison

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1 hour ago, vcczar said:

He served in Missouri with Sterling Price in 1861-1862. He’s more famous as a Senator. He’d probably have the name recognition of a Ted Cruz today back in his time. Probably #5 in name recognition. Clay, WEbster, Calhoun, Benton, Atchison

Here you talk about name recognition in 1849 at the time of his perhaps one-day presidency, not about the 1860s, right?

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16 minutes ago, ConservativeElector2 said:

Here you talk about name recognition in 1849 at the time of his perhaps one-day presidency, not about the 1860s, right?

From about 1846 to 1856, if you were an American that didn't know who Atchison was, then you were probably illiterate or weren't reading newspapers. He would have been known in the early 1860s too, but he would have been kind of out of the picture for 5 years. 

It makes sense why people in the 21st century don't know who he was. He doesn't deserve to be remembered, except as a lesson in bad humanity. However, if we all went to a time machine, you'd be seeing his name popping up in the papers as often as Cruz or Lindsay Graham's names come up today or more.

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