James Buchanan

15th President of the United States of America


March 4, 1857 - March 4 ,1861



Vice President

John Breckinridge

Election Opponents

  • John C. Fremont
  • Millard Filmore

America At This Time

Leading up to the Civil War there was much controversy about new land and slavery. Ultimately leading to states succeeding at the end of his term.

Key People

  • John Breckinridge-VP
  • James K. Polk-Secretary of State


  • "What is right and what is practicable are two different things."
  • The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there."

Economic Policies

Foreign Policies

Domestic Policies

  • Panic of !857- America was in a depression due to inflation.
  • Fort Sumter- Succeeding states took Fort Sumter leading to the Civil War-1860-1861