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James BuchananJames Buchanan: A Chronology of His Life and Career

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.

April 23, 1791 James Buchanan's Birthplace 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.
1848 Wheatland 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.
June 1, 1868 Buchanan's Grave Died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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