Imagine if you were President for a day? What would you do? My guess is that you probably wouldn't sleep the entire day, but that's exactly what David Rice Atchison did when he got the chance.
It all came about when James K. Polk's term expired at noon, March 4, 1849. However, this was a Sunday, and President Elect Zachary Taylor, for religious reasons, refused to be sworn in until the next day. So who was president? No one really. Times were different back then. A little slower.
Technically, the presidential succession rules at the time had the President pro tempore of the United States Senate second in line after the Vice President (today this office is third in line). David Rice Atchison was the former President pro tempore, so some people jokingly refer to him as President for the day of March 4, 1849, even though Atchison never considered himself President.
Atchison later told another reporter, that here had been no President that day and described his day, "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."
Atchison died in 1886 and is buried in Plattsburg, Missouri. His grave marker reads, "President of the United States for One Day."