James Buchanan

James Buchanan
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15th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1861
Vice PresidentJohn C. Breckinridge
Preceded byFranklin Pierce
Succeeded byAbraham Lincoln
Personal details
Born(1791-04-23)April 23, 1791
Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 1, 1868(1868-06-01) (aged 77)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
ReligionPresbyterianism

James Buchanan (April 23, 1791 - June 1, 1868) was the 15th President of the United States. He was the only President not to have married. His niece, Harriet Lane, stood in as First Lady. He was an experienced politician and he became president in 1857.

Early Life

James Buchanan was Born on April 23, 1791 in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, into a prosperous merchant family. He had four sisters and three brothers, and studied at the Old Stone Academy before entering Dickinson College in 1807. There he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1812. He was engaged to Anne C. Coleman but she died before they were married, and he never had children. He served in both the House and Senate, representing Pennsylvania, as well as the Minister to Russia, under Andrew Jackson, before stepping taking the presidential career.

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