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In office: March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
April 23, 1791, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
James Buchanan, Jr. was the fifteenth President of the United
States. To date he is the only President from Pennsylvania, and is the
only never to marry. As president he was a "doughface" who
battled Stephen A. Douglas for control of the Democratic Party.
As Southern states declared their secession in the lead-up to the
American Civil War, he held that secession was illegal but that going to
war to stop it was also illegal and hence remained inactive. His
inability to avert the Civil War has subsequently been assessed as the
worst single failure by any President of the United States.
Buchanan has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the worst
Death: June 1, 1868 (aged 77), Lancaster, Pennsylvania
He died at his home at Wheatland, Pennsylvania.
Where is James Buchanan
- Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri
- Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, Fort Myers, Florida