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James Buchanan

15th President of the United States

(1857-1861)

"Our Union rests upon public opinion, and can never be cemented by the blood of its citizens shed in civil war."

--Message to Congress, 1860


Full Name: James Buchanan

Born: April 23, 1791

Birthplace: Cove Gap, near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Father: James Buchanan (1761-1821)

Mother: Elizabeth Speer Buchanan (1767-1833)

Wife: ----

Married: ----

Religious Preference: Presbyterian

Previous Experience: Lawyer, U.S. Representative, Minister to Russia, U.S. Senate, Secretary of State, Minister to Great Britain

Political Party: Democratic

Age at Inauguration: 65

Term of Office: March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1861

Vice-President: John C. Breckinridge (1857-1861)

Died: June 1, 1868

Age at Death: 77

Place of Burial: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

President at Time of Death: Andrew Johnson


Election Results

Year Candidate Name Electoral Vote Popular Vote
1856 James Buchanan (D) 174 1,838,169
  John Fremont (R) 114 1,341,264
  Millard Fillmore (A) 8 873,053