James Buchanan

1791-1868

Early Life

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States. He is the only president that was born in Pennsylvania. He was born in a log cabin in Cove Gap, a place in central Pennsylvania. His Parents are James Buchanan, Sir. and Elizabeth Spear. They are both from Ireland decent. James went to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Life

Politics

James Buchanan did many things before his presidency, including being a free mason. He was a member of the Pennsylvania house of Representatives in 1814. He was elected for the 17th United States Congress in 1821. Eventually the he was elected for the United States Senate, he changed his political party to the Democratic party.

The Peoples Opinion

James Buchanan was not a well liked man. Before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, Buchanan sat in office and did nothing to try to prevent the coming of civil war. In fact, he called slavery "...a matter of little practical importance," because he heard that the Supreme courts decicion was to allow slavery. He did nothing as a lame duck to keep States from recieding from the United States. At the end of his presidency, he was glad to be out of office.