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James Buchanan

People found James Buchanan reserved at first meeting, but warm and friendly when they knew him better. His nephew described him as "tall -- over six feet, broad shouldered, with a portly, dignified bearing...; his eyes were blue, intelligent, and kindly, with the peculiarity that one was far- and the other near-sighted, which resulted in a slight habitual inclination of the head to one side ..."

The public respected Buchanan for his faithful services in both houses of Congress, as Secretary of State, and in important diplomatic posts.

Chronology of His Life and Career

James Buchanan's Birthplace April 23, 1791 Born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
  1795 Moved with family to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
  1809 Graduated from Dickinson College.
  1812 Began practicing law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  1812 Volunteered as a private to help defend Baltimore upon outbreak of the War of 1812.
  1814-1816 Served in the Pennsylvania Legislature.
  1819 Became engaged to Ann Coleman, but she died before they could marry.
  1820 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  1831 Appointed Minister to Russia.
  1834 Elected to the U.S. Senate.
  1844 Considered for the Democratic presidential nomination but withdrew his name prior to the convention.
  1845 Appointed Secretary of State.
Wheatland 1848 Purchased an estate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  1852 Lost Democratic presidential nomination to Franklin Pierce.
  1853 Appointed Minister to Great Britain.
  1856 Elected President of the United States.
Buchanan's Grave June 1, 1868 Died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

See Also

War of 1812
Franklin Pierce

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