Birth and Death
James Buchanan was born in Franklin County, PA. April 23, 1791. He died at Wheatland June 1, 1868.
He was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
James was born in a log cabin. His father was James Buchanan Sr. James’s mother was Elizabeth Speer Buchanan. His father came from Northern Ireland in 1783 and so did his mother.
James went to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After he went to college he went and studied law. He passed the bar and became a lawyer in 1812.
James Buchanan was a democrat. The democrats back in the 1800’s did not want the government to have all the power. Democrats did not like to spend a lot of money.
He tried to maintain peace between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the government, but tensions only got worse. James was on the southerners side with the slavery. James Buchanan made the fight between north and south much worse. James Buchanan’s slogan was “Anybody but Pierce.” The U.S did not want Pierce to be president anymore they elected Buchanan.
15th President of the United States
People did not like James Buchanan because he caused the north and south to fight. He contributed to the tensions of the Civil War. James was known as the “worst US president.”
In 1819, Buchanan became engaged to Ann Caroline Coleman, the daughter of a wealthy iron mogul. James lost his middle finger on his right hand during the Battle of Raisin River in the War of 1812. James Buchanan married his niece, Harriet Lane, acted as the First Lady while he was in the White House
“The ballot box is surest arbiter of disputes among free men.”
James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, in 1791. Serving as president during the run-up to the Civil War, Buchanan's inability to halt the southern states' drive toward secession has led most historians to consider his presidency a failure. Buchanan was the only U.S. president from Pennsylvania, and the only one to remain a lifelong bachelor. He died in 1868 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.