James Buchanan

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Date of Birth April 23, 1791
Place of Birth Pennsylvania
Date of Death Jun 1, 1868 (77)
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James Buchanan

James Buchanan Jr. was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 15th president of the United States. He previously served as secretary of state and represented Pennsylvania in both houses of the U.S. Congress. He was a states' rights advocate, and minimized the role of the federal government in the nation's final years of slavery. Modern historians and critics condemn Buchanan for not addressing the issue of slavery or forestalling the secession of the Southern states over it. Historians and scholars consistently rank him as one of the country's worst presidents. Buchanan was a prominent lawyer in Pennsylvania and won his first election to the state's House of Representatives as a Federalist. In 1820, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and retained that post for 11 years, aligning with Andrew Jackson's Democratic Party. He served as Jackson's minister to Russia.

Born: April 23, 1791, Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: June 1, 1868, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Resting place: Woodward Hill Cemetery
Political party: Federalist (1814–1824), Democratic-Republican (1824–1828), Democratic (1828–1868)
Children: Harriet Lane (adopted)
Education: Dickinson College (BA)
Vice President: John C. Breckinridge
Preceded by: Franklin Pierce
Succeeded by: Abraham Lincoln

About James Buchanan

15th President of the United States and a lifelong bachelor who also served as President Andrew Jackson's Minister to Russia.

James Buchanan Before Fame

He was offered a spot on the Supreme Court, but turned it down. He helped draft the Ostend Manifesto, which laid down the framework for the U.S. to purchase Cuba from Spain.

Achievement of James Buchanan

He opposed the secession of the Southern states, believing it to be illegal, but did not feel it was wise to go to war over the matter, something that would happen when his successor was elected to the office.

James Buchanan Family Life

He grew up with several siblings. His niece Harriet Lane played the role of First Lady while he was in office.

Associations of James Buchanan

He was succeeded as president by Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

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