William Rufus DeVane

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Rufus DeVane was born in Sampson County, North Carolina back in1786 to William and Margaret. He had a large family which was also wealthy and well-connected. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1803.

He was admitted to the bar in 1806, afterwards he moved to Clinton and established his law practice. He entered politics being elected as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons serving from 1807-1809. He was appointed as Minister to Russia serving as a diplomatic mission in Naples.

When he returned, he owned one of the largest plantations in the Alabama Territory. In 1819, he was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States Senate serving in various capacities from 1819-1844. At the 1852, Democratic National Convention Franklin Pierce was nominated for President and William was nominated for Vice President.

Pierce won the election, thus William Rufus DeVane King. Name doesn’t ring a bell? That’s okay for you see when he was elected he was in Cuba for health reasons. He was and still is the only Vice President to be sworn in as the Vice President by a Special Act of Congress. He was sworn in in 1853, near Matanzas, Cuba. Shortly afterward, he returned to the United States and died two days later. He held that office for only six weeks.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William Rufus is not familiar to me! A short timer! Enjoy your day!

Apr 11, 2017 04:50 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Both a name and a background story totally unfamiliar to me, James. As they say, live and learn.

Apr 11, 2017 05:00 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sad to not be able to fulfill that honor but he still lived a full life.

Apr 11, 2017 05:24 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A man of merit and sad he was not able to fulfill the position longer.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 11, 2017 05:42 AM #4
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Yes, I remember reading about his short time in office. Have a great day, James!

Apr 11, 2017 05:52 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never heard of the guy, so I have no impression of him, although being a wealthy plantation owner that got into politics, seems like we have too much of that type of person in government right now, haha.

Apr 11, 2017 06:04 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was an interesting life.

Apr 11, 2017 06:10 AM #7
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

How different history could have been had he lived and finished his term.

Apr 11, 2017 06:33 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You picked a real doozy today.  What a story, and holding an office for only 6 weeks.  A

Apr 11, 2017 06:44 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I think this is an amazing story. Didn't know. Good read.

Apr 11, 2017 08:07 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Needless to say I did not know about this face president being sworn in Cuba and this piece of American history is an eye opener James Dray 

Apr 11, 2017 03:00 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James-now there's a bit of history I did not know!  have a good day. 

Apr 11, 2017 06:01 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, James, for sharing this interesting history lesson.

Apr 12, 2017 05:42 AM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Sort of sad that William Rufus DeVane King did not get to live his life as Vice-President of the US.  Have a feeling, from the story of his life, that that would have been the pinnacle of his life. At least he had to be honored by being sworn in as vice-president.

Apr 13, 2017 10:09 PM #14
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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A lot of those folks stayed so brief very few even recall them.

The last American ambassador to China before communism took over came home to the States in 1949. He did not know anyone in the US anymore and he died in poverty. He wanted to be buried with his wife in Peiking but Mao wrote a article to ridicule him- a mandatory reading in China.  However, his ashes were recently permitted to be buried in a Hangzhou church where he grew up. Today, it attracts a lot of visitors and making money for Hangzhou City.  That is capitalism. Layton Stewart was Shanghaied as ambassador by General George Marshall from a Chinese University.  Devane is happily to be in Cuba. He would not support Lincoln anyhow. Who is going to pick cotton?

May 10, 2017 02:04 PM #15
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