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James Buchanan
James Buchanan
Jr. (/bjuːˈkænən/; April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th president of the United States (1857–61), serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. Historians fault him for his failure to address the issue of slavery and the secession of the southern states, bringing the nation to the brink of civil war. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 17th United States Secretary of State and had served in the Senate and House of Representatives before becoming president. Buchanan was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, to parents of Ulster Scots descent. He became a prominent lawyer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and won election to the Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
House of Representatives as a Federalist. In 1820, Buchanan won election to the United States House of Representatives, eventually becoming aligned with Andrew Jackson's Democratic Party. After serving as Jackson's Minister to Russia, Buchanan won election as a senator from Pennsylvania. In 1845, he accepted appointment as President James K. Polk's Secretary of State. During Buchanan's tenure as Secretary of State, the United States grew immensely with the conclusion of the Oregon Treaty
Oregon Treaty
and victory in the Mexican-American War. From 1853 to 1856, during the presidency of Franklin Pierce, Buchanan served as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. A major contender for his party's presidential nomination throughout the 1840s and 1850s, Buchanan finally won his party's nomination in 1856, defeating Pierce and Senator Stephen A. Douglas
Stephen A. Douglas
at the 1856 Democratic National Convention. Buchanan and his running mate, John C. Breckinridge
John C. Breckinridge
of Kentucky, defeated Republican John C. Frémont
John C. Frémont
and Know-Nothing Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore
to win the 1856 election. Shortly after his election, Buchanan lobbied the Supreme Court to issue a broad ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which he fully endorsed as president. He allied with the South in attempting to gain the admission of Kansas
Kansas
to the Union as a slave state under the Lecompton Constitution. In the process, he alienated both Republican abolitionists and Northern Democrats, most of whom supported the principle of popular sovereignty in determining a new state's slaveholding status. He was often called a "doughface," a Northerner with Southern sympathies, and he fought with Douglas, the leader of the popular sovereignty faction, for control of the Democratic Party. In the midst of the growing sectional crisis, the Panic of 1857
Panic of 1857
struck the nation. Buchanan indicated in his 1857 inaugural address that he would not seek a second term, and he kept his word and did not run for re-election in the 1860 presidential election. After his party splintered, largely along geographic lines, Buchanan supported Vice President Breckinridge over Douglas, who won the support of most Northern Democrats. Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln, running on a platform of keeping slavery out of all Western territories, defeated both Democrats and Constitutional Union candidate John Bell to win the election. In response, seven southern states declared their secession from the Union, eventually leading to the American Civil War. Buchanan's view was that secession was illegal, but that going to war to stop it was also illegal, and he did not confront the new polity militarily. Buchanan supported the United States during the Civil War and publicly defended himself against charges that he was responsible for the war. He died in 1868 at age 77. He is the only president to remain a lifelong bachelor. Buchanan aspired to be a president who would rank in history with George Washington.[2] His inability to address the sharply divided pro-slavery and anti-slavery partisans with a unifying principle on the brink of the Civil War has led to his consistent ranking by historians as one of the worst presidents in American history. Historians who participated in a 2006 survey voted his failure to deal with secession as the worst presidential mistake ever made.[3] As of 2018[update], he is the most recent Democrat elected to succeed a Democratic president who did not die in office.[4]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Political career

2.1 Congressional service and Minister to Russia 2.2 Senate service 2.3 Secretary of State 2.4 Ambassador to the United Kingdom

3 Presidential election of 1856 4 Presidency (1857–1861)

4.1 Inauguration 4.2 Personnel

4.2.1 Cabinet and administration 4.2.2 Judicial appointments

4.3 Dred Scott case 4.4 Panic of 1857 4.5 Utah
Utah
War 4.6 Bleeding Kansas 4.7 1858 mid-term elections 4.8 Foreign policy 4.9 Covode Committee 4.10 Election of 1860 4.11 Secession 4.12 Constitutional amendments 4.13 States admitted to the Union

5 Final years 6 Political views 7 Personal life 8 Legacy

8.1 Historical reputation 8.2 Memorials

9 See also 10 References 11 Bibliography 12 Further reading 13 External links

Early life[edit]

Buchanan's log cabin birthplace, relocated to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

James Buchanan
James Buchanan
Jr. was born in a log cabin in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (now Buchanan's Birthplace State Park), in Franklin County, on April 23, 1791, to James Buchanan, Sr. (1761–1821), a businessman, merchant, and farmer, and Elizabeth Speer, an educated woman (1767–1833).[5] His parents were both of Ulster Scottish descent, the father having emigrated from Milford, County Donegal, Ireland, in 1783. One of eleven siblings, Buchanan was the oldest child in the family to survive infancy. Shortly after Buchanan's birth the family moved to a farm near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and in 1794 the family moved to Mercersburg itself. Buchanan's father became the wealthiest person in town, having attained success as a merchant, farmer, and real estate investor.[6] Buchanan attended the village academy (Old Stone Academy) and, starting in 1807, Dickinson College
Dickinson College
in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.[7] Though he was nearly expelled at one point for poor behavior, he pleaded for a second chance and subsequently graduated with honors on September 19, 1809.[8] Later that year, he moved to Lancaster, which, at the time, was the capital of Pennsylvania. James Hopkins, the most prominent lawyer in Lancaster, accepted Buchanan as a student, and in 1812 Buchanan was admitted to the Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
bar after an oral exam. Though many other lawyers moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
after it became the capital of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
in 1812, Lancaster would remain Buchanan's home town for the rest of his life. Buchanan's income rapidly rose after he established his own practice and by 1821 he was earning over $11,000 per year (equivalent to $202,235 in 2017). Buchanan handled various types of cases, including a high-profile impeachment trial in which he successfully defended Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Judge Walter Franklin.[9] Buchanan began his political career in the Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
House of Representatives (1814–1816) as a member of the Federalist Party.[10] The legislature met for only three months a year, and Buchanan's notoriety as a legislator helped him earn clients for his legal practice.[11] Like his father, Buchanan believed in federally-funded internal improvements, a high tariff, and a national bank. He emerged as a strong critic of the leadership of Democratic-Republican President James Madison
James Madison
during the War of 1812.[12] When the British invaded neighboring Maryland
Maryland
in 1814, he served in the defense of Baltimore after enlisting as a private in Henry Shippen's Company, 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Militia, a unit of yagers[13] or light dragoons.[11][14] Buchanan is the only president with military experience who did not, at some point, serve as an officer.[15] An active Freemason, he was the Master of Masonic Lodge
Masonic Lodge
No. 43 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.[16] Political career[edit] Congressional service and Minister to Russia[edit] By 1820, the Federalist Party
Federalist Party
had largely collapsed nationwide, and Buchanan ran for the United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
as a "Republican-Federalist." During his tenure in Congress, Buchanan became a supporter of Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
and an avid defender of states' rights. After the 1824 presidential election, Buchanan helped organize Jackson's followers into the Democratic Party, and Buchanan became a prominent Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Democrat. In Washington, he became personally close with many southern Congressmen, including William R. King
William R. King
of Alabama. In contrast, Buchanan tended to view many New England Congressmen as dangerous radicals. Appointed to the Committee of Agriculture in his first year, Buchanan eventually became Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. After becoming chairman of the committee, Buchanan led impeachment proceedings of Judge James H. Peck of the United States District Court for the District of Missouri, arguing that Peck had abused his position. Peck was acquitted by the Senate. Buchanan declined re-nomination to a sixth term, briefly returning to private life.[17]

1834 portrait of Buchanan by Jacob Eichholtz

Bust of James Buchanan
James Buchanan
by Henry Dexter at the National Portrait Gallery

After Jackson's re-election in 1832, the president offered Buchanan the position of United States Ambassador to Russia. Buchanan was reluctant to leave the country, but ultimately assented to the appointment. He served as ambassador for eighteen months, during which time he learned French (the lingua franca of diplomacy in the nineteenth century) and helped negotiate commercial and maritime treaties with the Russian Empire.[18] Senate service[edit] Returning to the United States, Buchanan was elected by the state legislature to succeed William Wilkins, who had himself replaced Buchanan as the ambassador to Russia. Buchanan would win re-election in 1836 and 1842. A solid Democrat and loyal supporter of Jackson, Buchanan opposed the re-chartering of the Second Bank of the United States and sought to expunge a congressional censure of Jackson stemming from the Bank War. Buchanan also opposed the gag rule, stating, "We have just as little right to interfere with slavery in the South, as we have to touch the right of petition." Buchanan thought that the issue of slavery was the domain of the states, and he faulted abolitionists for exciting passions over the issue. His support of states' rights was matched by his support for Manifest Destiny, and he opposed the Webster–Ashburton Treaty
Webster–Ashburton Treaty
for its "surrender" of lands to the United Kingdom. Buchanan also argued for the annexation of both Texas
Texas
and the entirety of Oregon
Oregon
Country. In the lead-up to the 1844 Democratic National Convention, Buchanan positioned himself as a potential alternative to former President Martin Van Buren, but the nomination instead went to James K. Polk.[19] Secretary of State[edit] Polk shared many of Buchanan's foreign policy views, and Buchanan was offered the position of Secretary of State in the Polk administration. Though he considered the possibility of instead serving on the Supreme Court, Buchanan accepted the position and served as Secretary of State throughout Polk's lone term in office. During that time, Polk and Buchanan nearly doubled the territorial extent of the United States through the Oregon Treaty
Oregon Treaty
and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In negotiations with Britain over Oregon, Buchanan at first advised a compromise, but later advocated for annexation of the entire territory. Eventually, Buchanan assented to a division at the 49th parallel. After the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, Buchanan advised Polk against taking territory South of the Rio Grande River and New Mexico. However, as the war came to an end, Buchanan argued for the annexation of further territory, annoying Polk, who suspected that Buchanan was primarily concerned with eventually becoming president. Buchanan did quietly seek nomination at the 1848 Democratic National Convention (Polk had promised to serve only one term), but the nomination instead went to Senator Lewis Cass
Lewis Cass
of Michigan.[20] Ambassador to the United Kingdom[edit] With the end of the Polk administration and the 1848 victory of Zachary Taylor, the Whig nominee for president, Buchanan returned to private life. He bought the house of Wheatland on the outskirts of Lancaster, entertained various visitors, and continued to follow political events.[21] In 1852, Buchanan was named president of the Board of Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin and Marshall College
in Lancaster, and he served in this capacity until 1866, despite a false report that he was fired.[22] He quietly campaigned for the 1852 Democratic presidential nomination, writing a public letter that deplored the Wilmot Proviso
Wilmot Proviso
as divisive and fanatical. Buchanan became known as a "doughface" due to his sympathy towards the South. At the 1852 Democratic National Convention, Buchanan won the support of many southern delegates but failed to win the two-thirds support needed for the presidential nomination, which went to Franklin Pierce. Buchanan declined to serve as the vice presidential nominee, and the convention instead nominated Buchanan's close friend, William King. Pierce won the 1852 election, and Buchanan accepted the position of United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[23] Buchanan sailed for England in the summer of 1853, and he remained abroad for the next three years. In 1850, the United States and Great Britain had signed the Clayton–Bulwer Treaty, which committed both countries to joint control of any future canal that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through Central America. Buchanan met repeatedly with Lord Clarendon, the British foreign minister, in hopes of pressuring the British to withdraw from Central America. He also continued to focus on the potential annexation of Cuba, which had long preoccupied him.[24] At Pierce's insistence, Buchanan, U.S. Ambassador to Spain Pierre Soulé, and U.S. Ambassador to France John Mason met in Ostend, Belgium, and drafted a memorandum that became known as the Ostend
Ostend
Manifesto. The document proposed the purchase from Spain of Cuba, then in the midst of revolution and near bankruptcy, declaring the island "as necessary to the North American republic as any of its present ... family of states." Against Buchanan's recommendation, the final draft of the manifesto suggested that "wresting it from Spain" if Spain refused to sell would be justified "by every law, human and Divine".[25] The manifesto, generally considered a blunder overall, was never acted upon, but weakened the Pierce administration and support for Manifest Destiny.[25][26] Presidential election of 1856[edit]

Results by county, indicating the percentage for the winning candidate. Shades of blue are for Buchanan (Democratic), shades of red are for Frémont (Republican), and shades of yellow are for Fillmore (Know Nothing).

Main article: United States presidential election, 1856 Buchanan's service abroad conveniently placed him outside of the country while the debate over the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Kansas-Nebraska Act
roiled the nation.[27] While Buchanan did not overtly seek the presidency, he most deliberately chose not to discourage the movement on his behalf, something that was well within his power on many occasions.[28] The 1856 Democratic National Convention
1856 Democratic National Convention
met in June 1856, writing a platform that largely reflected Buchanan's views, including support for the Fugitive Slave Law, an end to anti-slavery agitation, and U.S. "ascendancy in the Gulf of Mexico." President Pierce hoped for re-nomination, while Senator Stephen A. Douglas
Stephen A. Douglas
also loomed as a strong candidate. Buchanan led on the first ballot, boosted by the support of powerful Senators John Slidell, Jesse Bright, and Thomas F. Bayard, who presented Buchanan as an experienced leader who could appeal to the North and South. Buchanan won the nomination after seventeen ballots, and was joined on the ticket by John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky.[29]

An anti-Buchanan political cartoon from the 1856 election

Buchanan faced not just one but two candidates in the general election: former Whig President Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore
ran as the American Party (or "Know-Nothing") candidate, while John C. Frémont
John C. Frémont
ran as the Republican nominee. Sticking with the convention of the times, Buchanan did not himself campaign, but he wrote letters and pledged to uphold the Democratic platform. In the election, Buchanan carried every slave state except for Maryland, as well as five free states, including his home state of Pennsylvania. He won 45 percent of the popular vote and, most importantly, won the electoral vote, taking 174 electoral votes compared to Frémont's 114 electoral votes and Fillmore's 8 electoral votes. Buchanan's election made him the first, and so far only, president from Pennsylvania. He would also be the last person born in the 18th century to serve as president. In his victory speech, Buchanan denounced Republicans, calling the Republican Party a "dangerous" and "geopraphical" party that had unfairly attacked the South.[30] President-elect Buchanan would also state, "the object of my administration will be to destroy sectional party, North or South, and to restore harmony to the Union under a national and conservative government."[31] He set about this initially by maintaining a sectional balance in his appointments and persuading the people to accept constitutional law as the Supreme Court interpreted it. The court was considering the legality of restricting slavery in the territories and two justices had hinted to Buchanan their findings.[32] Presidency (1857–1861)[edit] Main article: Presidency of James Buchanan Inauguration[edit] Main article: Inauguration of James Buchanan

Inauguration of James Buchanan, March 4, 1857, from a photograph by John Wood: Buchanan's inauguration was the first to be recorded in a photograph.

Buchanan was inaugurated on March 4, 1857, taking the oath of office from Chief Justice Roger B. Taney. In his inaugural address, Buchanan committed himself to serving only one term, though Pierce had made the same commitment. Buchanan also deplored the growing divisions over slavery and its status in the territories. Stating that Congress should play no role in determining the status of slavery in the states or territories, Buchanan argued for popular sovereignty. Furthermore, Buchanan argued that a federal slave code should protect the rights of slave-owners in any federal territory. He alluded to a pending Supreme Court case, Dred Scott v. Sandford, which he stated would permanently settle the issue of slavery. In fact, Buchanan already knew the outcome of the case, and had even played a part in its disposition.[33] Personnel[edit] Cabinet and administration[edit]

The Buchanan Cabinet

Office Name Term

President James Buchanan 1857–1861

Vice President John C. Breckinridge 1857–1861

Secretary of State Lewis Cass 1857–1860

Jeremiah S. Black 1860–1861

Secretary of Treasury Howell Cobb 1857–1860

Philip Francis Thomas 1860–1861

John Adams
John Adams
Dix 1861

Secretary of War John B. Floyd 1857–1860

Joseph Holt 1860–1861

Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black 1857–1860

Edwin M. Stanton 1860–1861

Postmaster General Aaron V. Brown 1857–1859

Joseph Holt 1859–1860

Horatio King 1861

Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey 1857–1861

Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson 1857–1861

President Buchanan and his Cabinet From left to right: Jacob Thompson, Lewis Cass, John B. Floyd, James Buchanan, Howell Cobb, Isaac Toucey, Joseph Holt
Joseph Holt
and Jeremiah S. Black, (c. 1859)

As his inauguration approached, Buchanan sought to establish a harmonious cabinet, as he hoped to avoid the in-fighting that had plagued Andrew Jackson's top officials. Buchanan chose four southerners and three northerners, the latter of whom were all considered to be doughfaces. Buchanan sought to be the clear leader of the cabinet, and chose men who would agree with his views. Anticipating that his administration would concentrate on foreign policy and that Buchanan himself would largely direct foreign policy, he appointed the aging Lewis Cass
Lewis Cass
as Secretary of State. Buchanan's appointment of southerners and southern sympathizers alienated many in the north, and his failure to appoint any followers of Stephen Douglas divided the party.[34] Outside of the cabinet, Buchanan left in place many of Pierce's appointments, but removed a disproportionate number of northerners who had ties to Pierce or Douglas. Buchanan quickly alienated his vice president, Breckinridge, and the latter played little role in the Buchanan administration.[35] Judicial appointments[edit] Main article: List of federal judges appointed by James Buchanan Buchanan appointed one Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States, Nathan Clifford. Buchanan appointed only seven other Article III federal judges, all to United States district courts. He also appointed two Article I judges to the United States Court of Claims. Dred Scott case[edit] Two days after Buchanan's inauguration, Chief Justice Taney delivered the Dred Scott decision, asserting that Congress had no constitutional power to exclude slavery in the territories.[36] Prior to his inauguration, Buchanan had written to Justice John Catron
John Catron
in January 1857, inquiring about the outcome of the case and suggesting that a broader decision would be more prudent.[37] Catron, who was from Tennessee, replied on February 10 that the Supreme Court's southern majority would decide against Scott, but would likely have to publish the decision on narrow grounds if there was no support from the Court's northern justices—unless Buchanan could convince his fellow Pennsylvanian, Justice Robert Cooper Grier, to join the majority.[38] Buchanan hoped that a broad Supreme Court decision protecting slavery in the territories could lay the issue to rest once and for all, allowing the country to focus on other issues, including the possible annexation of Cuba
Cuba
and the acquisition of more Mexican territory.[39] So Buchanan wrote to Grier and successfully prevailed upon him, allowing the majority leverage to issue a broad-ranging decision that transcended the specific circumstances of Scott's case to declare the Missouri Compromise of 1820
Missouri Compromise of 1820
unconstitutional.[40][41] The correspondence was not public at the time; however, at his inauguration, Buchanan was seen in whispered conversation with Chief Justice Roger B. Taney. When the decision was issued two days later, Republicans began spreading word that Taney had revealed to Buchanan the forthcoming result. Buchanan had hoped that the Dred Scott decision would destroy the Republican platform, but outraged northerners denounced the decision.[42] Panic of 1857[edit] The Panic of 1857
Panic of 1857
began in the summer of that year, ushered in by the sequential collapse of fourteen hundred state banks and five thousand businesses. While the South escaped largely unscathed, northern cities experienced drastic increases in unemployment. Buchanan agreed with the southerners who attributed the economic collapse to overspeculation.[43] Reflecting his Jacksonian background, Buchanan's response was "reform not relief". While the government was "without the power to extend relief",[43] it would continue to pay its debts in specie, and while it would not curtail public works, none would be added. He urged the states to restrict the banks to a credit level of $3 to $1 of specie, and discouraged the use of federal or state bonds as security for bank note issues. The economy did eventually recover, though many Americans suffered as a result of the panic.[44] Though Buchanan had hoped to reduce the deficit, by the time he left office the federal deficit stood at $17 million.[43] Utah
Utah
War[edit] Main articles: Utah War
Utah War
and Runaway Officials of 1851 Utah
Utah
territory had been settled by Mormons
Mormons
in the decades preceding Buchanan's presidency, and under the leadership of Brigham Young
Brigham Young
the Mormons
Mormons
had grown increasingly hostile to federal intervention. Young harassed federal officers and discouraged outsiders from settling in the Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
area, and in September 1857 the Utah
Utah
Territorial Militia perpetrated the Mountain Meadows massacre
Mountain Meadows massacre
against Arkansans headed for California. Buchanan was also personally offended by the polygamous behavior of Young.[45] Accepting the wildest rumors and believing the Mormons
Mormons
to be in open rebellion against the United States, Buchanan sent the army in November 1857 to replace Young as governor with the non-Mormon Alfred Cumming. While the Mormons
Mormons
had frequently defied federal authority, some question whether Buchanan's action was a justifiable or prudent response to uncorroborated reports.[36] Complicating matters, Young's notice of his replacement was not delivered because the Pierce administration had annulled the Utah
Utah
mail contract.[36] After Young reacted to the military action by mustering a two-week expedition destroying wagon trains, oxen, and other Army property, Buchanan dispatched Thomas L. Kane
Thomas L. Kane
as a private agent to negotiate peace. The mission succeeded, the new governor was shortly placed in office, and the Utah War
Utah War
ended. The President granted amnesty to all inhabitants who would respect the authority of the government, and moved the federal troops to a nonthreatening distance for the balance of his administration.[46] Though he continued to practice polygamy, Young largely accepted federal authority after the conclusion of the Utah War.[47] Bleeding Kansas[edit]

The balance of free and slave states in 1858, after the admission of Minnesota

The Kansas-Nebraska Act
Kansas-Nebraska Act
of 1854 created the Kansas
Kansas
Territory and allowed the settlers there to choose whether to allow slavery. This resulted in violence between "Free-Soil" (antislavery) and proslavery settlers in what became known as the "Bleeding Kansas" crisis. The antislavery settlers organized a government in Topeka, while proslavery settlers established a seat of government in Lecompton, Kansas. For Kansas
Kansas
to be admitted as a state, a constitution had to be submitted to Congress with the approval of a majority of residents. Under President Pierce, a series of violent confrontations known as "Bleeding Kansas" escalated as supporters of the two governments clashed. The situation in Kansas
Kansas
was watched closely throughout the country, and some in Georgia and Mississippi
Mississippi
advocated secession should Kansas
Kansas
be admitted as a free state. Buchanan himself did not particularly care whether or not Kansas
Kansas
entered as a slave state, and instead sought to admit Kansas
Kansas
as a state as soon as possible since it would likely tilt towards the Democratic Party. Rather than restarting the process and establishing one territorial government, Buchanan chose to recognize the Lecompton government.[48] Upon taking office, Buchanan appointed Robert J. Walker
Robert J. Walker
to replace John W. Geary
John W. Geary
as territorial governor, with the mission of reconciling the settler factions and approving a constitution. Walker, who was from Mississippi, was expected to assist the proslavery faction in gaining approval of a new constitution.[49] However, after months in office, Walker came to believe that slavery was unsuited for the region, and thought that Kansas
Kansas
would ultimately become a free state. In October 1857, the Lecompton government organized territorial elections that were so marked by fraud that Walker threw out the returns from several counties. Nonetheless, that same month, the Lecompton government framed a pro-slavery state constitution (known as the "Lecompton Constitution") and, rather than risking a referendum, sent it directly to Buchanan. Though eager for Kansas
Kansas
statehood, even Buchanan was forced to reject the entrance of Kansas
Kansas
without a state constitutional referendum, and he dispatched federal agents to bring about a compromise. The Lecompton government agreed to a limited referendum in which Kansas
Kansas
would vote not on the constitution overall, but rather merely on whether or not Kansas
Kansas
would allow slavery after becoming a state. The Topeka
Topeka
government boycotted the December 1857 referendum, and slavery overwhelmingly won the approval of those who did vote. A month later, the Topeka
Topeka
government held its own referendum in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the Lecompton Constitution.[50] Despite the protests of Walker and two former governors of Kansas, Buchanan decided to accept the Lecompton Constitution. In a December 1857 meeting with Stephen Douglas, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Territories and an important northern Democrat, Buchanan demanded that all Democrats support the administration's position of admitting Kansas
Kansas
under the Lecompton Constitution. On February 2, Buchanan transmitted the Lecompton Constitution
Lecompton Constitution
to Congress. He also transmitted a message that attacked the "revolutionary government" in Topeka, conflating them with the Mormons
Mormons
in Utah. Buchanan made every effort to secure congressional approval, offering favors, patronage appointments, and even cash for votes. The Lecompton Constitution
Lecompton Constitution
won the approval of the Senate in March, but a combination of Know-Nothings, Republicans, and northern Democrats defeated the bill in the House. Rather than accepting defeat, Buchanan backed the English Bill, which offered Kansans immediate statehood and vast public lands in exchange for accepting the Lecompton Constitution. In August 1858, a Kansas
Kansas
referendum strongly rejected the Lecompton Constitution.[51] The battle over Kansas
Kansas
escalated into a battle for control of the Democratic Party. On one side were Buchanan, most Southern Democrats, and northern Democrats allied to the Southerners ("Doughfaces"); on the other side were Douglas and most northern Democrats plus a few Southerners. Douglas's faction continued to support the doctrine of popular sovereignty, while Buchanan insisted that Democrats respect the Dred Scott decision and its repudiation of federal interference with slavery in the territories.[52] The struggle lasted the remainder of Buchanan's presidency. Buchanan used his patronage powers to remove Douglas sympathizers in Illinois and Washington, DC and installed pro-administration Democrats, including postmasters.[53] 1858 mid-term elections[edit] Douglas's Senate term ended in 1859, so the Illinois legislature elected in 1858 would determine whether Douglas would win re-election. The Senate election was the primary issue of the legislative election, marked by the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. Buchanan, working through federal patronage appointees in Illinois, ran candidates for the legislature in competition with both the Republicans and the Douglas Democrats. This could easily have thrown the election to the Republicans—which showed the depth of Buchanan's animosity toward Douglas.[54] In the end, Douglas Democrats won the legislative election and Douglas was re-elected to the Senate. Douglas forces took control throughout the North, except in Buchanan's home state of Pennsylvania. Buchanan was reduced to a narrow base of southern supporters.[49][55] The division between northern and southern Democrats allowed the Republicans to win a plurality in the House in the elections of 1858. Their control of the chamber allowed the Republicans to block most of Buchanan's agenda. Buchanan, in turn, vetoed six substantial pieces of Republican legislation, causing further hostility between Congress and the White House.[56] Among the pieces of legislation that Buchanan vetoed were the Homestead Act, which would have given 160 acres of public land to settlers who remained on the land for five years, and the Morrill Act, which would have granted public lands to establish land-grant colleges. Buchanan argued that these acts were beyond the power of the federal government as established by the Constitution.[57] Foreign policy[edit] Buchanan took office with an ambitious foreign policy that centered around establishing U.S. hegemony over Central America
Central America
at the expense of Great Britain.[58] He hoped to re-negotiate the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, which he viewed as a mistake that limited U.S. influence in the region. He also sought to establish American protectorates over the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora, and, perhaps most importantly, he hoped to finally achieve his long-term goal of acquiring Cuba. After long negotiations with the British, he convinced them to agree to cede the Bay Islands to Honduras
Honduras
and the Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua. However, Buchanan's ambitions in Cuba
Cuba
and Mexico were largely blocked by the House of Representatives.[59] Buchanan also considered buying Alaska
Alaska
from the Russian Empire, possibly as a colony for Mormon settlers, but Buchanan and the Russians were unable to agree upon a price. In China, despite not taking direct part in the Second Opium War, the Buchanan administration won trade concessions in the Treaty of Tientsin.[60] In 1858, Buchanan ordered the Paraguay expedition to punish Paraguay
Paraguay
for firing on the USS Water Witch, and the expedition resulted in a Paraguayan apology and the payment of an indemnity.[59] Covode Committee[edit] In March 1860, the House created the Covode Committee to investigate the administration for evidence of offenses, some impeachable, such as bribery and extortion of representatives in exchange for their votes. The committee, with three Republicans and two Democrats, was accused by Buchanan's supporters of being nakedly partisan; they also charged its chairman, Republican Rep. John Covode, with acting on a personal grudge (since the president had vetoed a bill that was fashioned as a land grant for new agricultural colleges, but was designed to benefit Covode's railroad company[61]). However, the Democratic committee members, as well as Democratic witnesses, were equally enthusiastic in their pursuit of Buchanan, and as pointed in their condemnations, as the Republicans.[62][63] The committee was unable to establish grounds for impeaching Buchanan; however, the majority report issued on June 17 exposed corruption and abuse of power among members of his cabinet, as well as allegations (if not impeachable evidence) from the Republican members of the Committee, that Buchanan had attempted to bribe members of Congress in connection with the Lecompton constitution. (The Democratic report, issued separately the same day, pointed out that evidence was scarce, but did not refute the allegations; one of the Democratic members, Rep. James Robinson, stated publicly that he agreed with the Republican report even though he did not sign it.[63]) Buchanan claimed to have "passed triumphantly through this ordeal" with complete vindication. Nonetheless, Republican operatives distributed thousands of copies of the Covode Committee report throughout the nation as campaign material in that year's presidential election.[64][65] Election of 1860[edit] Main article: United States presidential election, 1860

John C. Breckinridge, Vice President of the United States
President of the United States
under Buchanan

The 1860 Democratic National Convention
Democratic National Convention
convened in April 1860. Although Douglas led after every ballot, he was unable to win the two-thirds majority required. The convention adjourned after 53 ballots, and re-convened in Baltimore in June. After Douglas finally won the nomination, several southerners refused to accept the outcome, and nominated Vice President Breckinridge as their own candidate. Douglas and Breckinridge agreed on most issues except for the protection of slavery in the territories. Failing to reconcile the party, and nursing a grudge against Douglas, Buchanan tepidly supported Breckinridge. With the splintering of the Democratic Party, Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
won a four-way election that also included John Bell of the Constitutional Union Party. Though Lincoln had virtually no support in the South, his support in the North was enough to give him an Electoral College majority. Buchanan would be the last Democrat to win a presidential election until the 1880s.[66]

1860 electoral vote results

As early as October, the army's Commanding General, Winfield Scott, warned Buchanan that Lincoln's election would likely cause at least seven states to secede. He also recommended to Buchanan that massive amounts of federal troops and artillery be deployed to those states to protect federal property, although he also warned that few reinforcements were available (Congress had since 1857 failed to heed both men's calls for a stronger militia and had allowed the army to fall into deplorable condition).[67] Buchanan distrusted Scott (the two had long been political adversaries) and ignored his recommendations.[68] After Lincoln's election, Buchanan directed War Secretary Floyd to reinforce southern forts with such provisions, arms and men as were available; however, Floyd convinced him to revoke the order.[67] Secession[edit] With Lincoln's victory, talk of secession and disunion reached a boiling point. Buchanan was forced to address it in his final message to Congress. Both factions awaited news of how Buchanan would deal with the question. In his message,[69] Buchanan denied the legal right of states to secede but held that the federal government legally could not prevent them. He placed the blame for the crisis solely on "intemperate interference of the Northern people with the question of slavery in the Southern States", and suggested that if they did not "repeal their unconstitutional and obnoxious enactments ... the injured States, after having first used all peaceful and constitutional means to obtain redress, would be justified in revolutionary resistance to the Government of the Union."[70] Buchanan's only suggestion to solve the crisis was "an explanatory amendment" reaffirming the constitutionality of slavery in the states, the fugitive slave laws, and popular sovereignty in the territories.[70] His address was sharply criticized both by the north, for its refusal to stop secession, and the south, for denying its right to secede.[71] Five days after the address was delivered, Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb
Howell Cobb
resigned, feeling that his views and the President's had become irreconcilable.[72]

Columbia as Little Bo Peep; her lost sheep are the Southern states. Buchanan as "old buck" tries in vain to herd states back into the Union.

South Carolina, long the most radical southern state, declared its secession on December 20, 1860. However, unionist sentiment remained strong among many in the South, and Buchanan sought to appeal to the southern moderates who might prevent secession in other states. He proposed passage of constitutional amendments protecting slavery in the states and territories. He also met with South Carolinian commissioners in an attempt to resolve the situation at Fort Sumter, which federal forces remained in control of despite its location in Charleston, South Carolina. He refused to dismiss Interior Secretary Jacob Thompson
Jacob Thompson
after the latter was chosen as Mississippi's agent to discuss secession, and he refused to fire Secretary of War John B. Floyd despite an embezzlement scandal, though the latter did eventually resign. Before resigning, Floyd sent numerous firearms to southern states, where they would eventually fall into the hands of the Confederacy. Despite Floyd's resignation, Buchanan continued to meet to receive advice from counselors from the Deep South, including Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis
and William Henry Trescot, who informed the South Carolina government about the content of his conversations with Buchanan. Other southern sympathizers also leaked the administration's plans.[73] Efforts were made by statesmen such as Sen. John J. Crittenden, Rep. Thomas Corwin, and former president John Tyler
John Tyler
to negotiate a compromise to stop secession, with Buchanan's support; all failed. Failed efforts to compromise were also made by a group of governors meeting in New York. Buchanan employed a last-minute tactic, in secret, to bring a solution. He attempted in vain to procure President-elect Lincoln's call for a constitutional convention or national referendum to resolve the issue of slavery. Lincoln declined.[74] Despite the efforts of Buchanan and others, six more slave states had seceded by the end of January 1861. Buchanan replaced the departed southern cabinet members with John Adams
John Adams
Dix, Edwin M. Stanton, and Joseph Holt, all of whom were committed to preserving the union. When Buchanan considered surrendering Fort Sumter, the new cabinet members threatened to resign, and Buchanan changed his position. On January 5, Buchanan finally decided to reinforce Fort Sumter, sending the Star of the West with 250 men and supplies. However, Buchanan failed to ask Major Robert Anderson to provide covering fire for the ship, and it was forced to return North without delivering troops or supplies. Buchanan chose not to respond to this act of war, and instead sought to find a compromise to avoid secession. On March 3, a message from Anderson reached Buchanan stating that Anderson's supplies were running low. But on March 4, Buchanan was succeeded by Lincoln, who was left to deal with the emerging sectional crisis that eventually became the American Civil War.[75] Constitutional amendments[edit]

March 2, 1861: Congress approved an amendment to the United States Constitution that would shield "domestic institutions" of the states (which in 1861 included slavery) from the constitutional amendment process and from abolition or interference by Congress, and submitted it to the state legislatures for ratification. (Note: This amendment, commonly known as the Corwin Amendment, has not been ratified by the requisite number of states to become part of the Constitution, and is still pending before the states.)[76]

States admitted to the Union[edit] Three new states were admitted to the Union while Buchanan was in office:

Minnesota – May 11, 1858[77] Oregon – February 14, 1859[78] Kansas – January 29, 1861[79]

Final years[edit]

Buchanan in his later years

The Civil War erupted within two months of Buchanan's retirement. He supported the United States, writing to former colleagues that "the assault upon Sumter was the commencement of war by the Confederate states, and no alternative was left but to prosecute it with vigor on our part".[80] He also wrote a letter to his fellow Pennsylvania Democrats, urging them to "join the many thousands of brave & patriotic volunteers who are already in the field".[80] Buchanan spent most of his remaining years defending himself from public blame for the Civil War, which was even referred to by some as "Buchanan's War".[80] He began receiving angry and threatening letters daily, and stores displayed Buchanan's likeness with the eyes inked red, a noose drawn around his neck and the word "TRAITOR" written across his forehead. The Senate proposed a resolution of condemnation which ultimately failed, and newspapers accused him of colluding with the Confederacy. His former cabinet members, five of whom had been given jobs in the Lincoln administration, refused to defend Buchanan publicly.[81] Initially so disturbed by the attacks that he fell ill and depressed, Buchanan finally began defending himself in October 1862, in an exchange of letters between himself and Winfield Scott
Winfield Scott
that was published in the National Intelligencer
National Intelligencer
newspaper.[82] He soon began writing his fullest public defense, in the form of his memoir Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of Rebellion, which was published in 1866.[83] Buchanan caught a cold in May 1868, which quickly worsened due to his advanced age. He died on June 1, 1868, from respiratory failure at the age of 77 at his home at Wheatland and was interred in Woodward Hill Cemetery in Lancaster.[83] Political views[edit]

James Buchanan
James Buchanan
(1859) by George Healy
George Healy
as seen in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

In the northern anti-slavery idiom of his day, Buchanan was often considered a "doughface", a northern man with southern principles."[84] Historian Kenneth Stampp wrote: "Shortly after his election, he assured a southern Senator that the 'great object' of his administration would be 'to arrest, if possible, the agitation of the Slavery question in the North and to destroy sectional parties.[84] Buchanan was irked that the abolitionists, in his view, were preventing the solution to the slavery problem. He stated, "Before [the abolitionists] commenced this agitation, a very large and growing party existed in several of the slave states in favor of the gradual abolition of slavery; and now not a voice is heard there in support of such a measure. The abolitionists have postponed the emancipation of the slaves in three or four states for at least half a century."[85] In deference to the intentions of the typical slaveholder, he was quick to provide the benefit of much doubt. In his third annual message, Buchanan claimed that the slaves were "treated with kindness and humanity.... Both the philanthropy and the self-interest of the master have combined to produce this humane result."[86] Buchanan considered the essence of good self-government to be founded on restraint. The constitution he considered to be "...restraints, imposed not by arbitrary authority, but by the people upon themselves and their representatives.... In an enlarged view, the people's interests may seem identical, but "to the eye of local and sectional prejudice, they always appear to be conflicting ... and the jealousies that will perpetually arise can be repressed only by the mutual forbearance which pervades the constitution."[87] Regarding slavery and the Constitution, he stated, "Although in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
we are all opposed to slavery in the abstract, we can never violate the constitutional compact we have with our sister states. Their rights will be held sacred by us. Under the constitution it is their own question; and there let it remain."[85] One of the greatest issues of the day was tariffs.[88] Buchanan condemned both free trade and prohibitive tariffs, since either would benefit one section of the country to the detriment of the other. As the senator from Pennsylvania, he said: "I am viewed as the strongest advocate of protection in other states, whilst I am denounced as its enemy in Pennsylvania."[89] Buchanan, like many of his time, was torn between his desire to expand the country for the benefit of all and his insistence on guaranteeing to the people settling the expanded areas their rights, including slavery. On territorial expansion, he said, "What, sir? Prevent the people from crossing the Rocky Mountains? You might just as well command the Niagara not to flow. We must fulfill our destiny."[90] On the resulting spread of slavery, through unconditional expansion, he stated: "I feel a strong repugnance by any act of mine to extend the present limits of the Union over a new slave-holding territory." For instance, he hoped the acquisition of Texas
Texas
would "be the means of limiting, not enlarging, the dominion of slavery".[90] Personal life[edit]

William Rufus DeVane King, 13th Vice President of the United States, a friend of James Buchanan, with whom he shared a Washington boardinghouse.

The only president to remain a bachelor, Buchanan's personal life has attracted great historical interest.[91] His biographer Jean Baker argues that Buchanan was asexual or celibate.[92] Several writers have put forth arguments that he was homosexual, including sociologist James W. Loewen,[93][94] and authors Robert P. Watson and Shelley Ross.[95][96] In 1818, Buchanan met Anne Caroline Coleman at a grand ball at Lancaster's White Swan Inn, and the two began courting. Anne was the daughter of the wealthy iron manufacturer (and protective father) Robert Coleman and sister-in-law of Philadelphia judge Joseph Hemphill, one of Buchanan's colleagues from the House of Representatives. By 1819, the two were engaged, but could spend little time together; Buchanan was extremely busy with his law firm and political projects during the Panic of 1819, which took him away from Coleman for weeks at a time. Conflicting rumors abounded. Some suggested that he was marrying for her money, because his own family was less affluent, or that he was involved with other women. Buchanan never publicly spoke of his motives or feelings, but letters from Anne revealed she knew of several rumors.[97] Coleman broke off the engagement, and soon afterward, on December 9, 1819, died suddenly.[98] Buchanan wrote her father for permission to attend the funeral, claiming "I feel happiness has fled from me forever";[99] However, Robert Coleman refused permission.[100] After Coleman's death, Buchanan never courted another woman, nor seemed to show any emotional or physical interest. An unfounded rumor circulated of an affair with President Polk's widow, Sarah Childress Polk.[101] Some believe that Anne's death served to deflect awkward questions about Buchanan's sexuality and bachelorhood.[99] During Buchanan's presidency, his orphaned niece, Harriet Lane, whom he had adopted, served as official White House hostess.[102] Buchanan had a close and intimate relationship with William Rufus King, an Alabamian politician who briefly served as vice president under Franklin Pierce. Buchanan and King lived together in a Washington boardinghouse for many years, from 1834 until King's departure for France in 1844. King referred to the relationship as a "communion",[101] and the two attended social functions together. Contemporaries also noted the closeness. Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
called King "Miss Nancy" and prominent Democrat Aaron V. Brown
Aaron V. Brown
referred to King as Buchanan's "better half", "wife" and "Aunt Fancy" (the former being a 19th-century euphemism for an effeminate man),[103][104][105] Sociologist Loewen noted that "wags" described Buchanan and King as "Siamese twins", that Buchanan late in life wrote a letter acknowledging that he might marry a woman who could accept his "lack of ardent or romantic affection", and also that Buchanan was expelled from his Lancaster church, reportedly for pro-slavery views acquired during the King relationship.[106][107] Catherine Thompson, the wife of cabinet member Jacob Thompson, later noted that "there was something unhealthy in the president's attitude".[101] King became ill in 1853 and died of tuberculosis shortly after Pierce's inauguration, four years before Buchanan became president. Buchanan described him as "among the best, the purest and most consistent public men I have known."[101] Jean Baker's biography of Buchanan notes that his and King's nieces may have destroyed some correspondence between Buchanan and King. She opines that the length and intimacy of their surviving letters (one written by King upon his ambassadorial departure being specifically cited by Loewen) illustrate only "the affection of a special friendship."[108] Legacy[edit] Historical reputation[edit]

BEP engraved portrait of Buchanan as President

The day before his death, Buchanan predicted that "history will vindicate my memory".[109] Historians have defied that prediction and criticize Buchanan for his unwillingness or inability to act in the face of secession. Historical rankings of United States Presidents, considering presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures and faults, consistently place Buchanan among the least successful presidents.[110][111] When scholars are surveyed, he ranks at or near the bottom in terms of vision/agenda-setting, domestic leadership, foreign policy leadership, moral authority, and positive historical significance of their legacy.[112] In several of these polls (taken prior to 2014), Buchanan is ranked as the worst president in U.S. history.[113] Buchanan biographer Philip Klein explains the challenges Buchanan faced:

Buchanan assumed leadership ... when an unprecedented wave of angry passion was sweeping over the nation. That he held the hostile sections in check during these revolutionary times was in itself a remarkable achievement. His weaknesses in the stormy years of his presidency were magnified by enraged partisans of the North and South. His many talents, which in a quieter era might have gained for him a place among the great presidents, were quickly overshadowed by the cataclysmic events of civil war and by the towering Abraham Lincoln."[114]

Biographer Jean Baker is less charitable to Buchanan:

Americans have conveniently misled themselves about the presidency of James Buchanan, preferring to classify him as indecisive and inactive ... In fact Buchanan's failing during the crisis over the Union was not inactivity, but rather his partiality for the South, a favoritism that bordered on disloyalty in an officer pledged to defend all the United States. He was that most dangerous of chief executives, a stubborn, mistaken ideologue whose principles held no room for compromise. His experience in government had only rendered him too self-confident to consider other views. In his betrayal of the national trust, Buchanan came closer to committing treason than any other president in American history.[115]

Memorials[edit] A bronze and granite memorial residing near the southeast corner of Washington, D.C.'s Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park
was designed by architect William Gorden Beecher and sculpted by Maryland
Maryland
artist Hans Schuler. Commissioned in 1916 but not approved by the U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
until 1918, and not completed and unveiled until June 26, 1930, the memorial features a statue of Buchanan bookended by male and female classical figures representing law and diplomacy, with the engraved text reading: "The incorruptible statesman whose walk was upon the mountain ranges of the law," a quote from a member of Buchanan's cabinet, Jeremiah S. Black.[116]

Buchanan memorial, Washington, D.C.

The memorial in the nation's capital complemented an earlier monument, constructed in 1907–08 and dedicated in 1911, on the site of Buchanan's birthplace in Stony Batter, Pennsylvania. Part of the original 18.5-acre (75,000 m2) memorial site is a 250-ton pyramid structure which stands on the site of the original cabin where Buchanan was born. The monument was designed to show the original weathered surface of the native rubble and mortar.[117] Three counties are named in his honor: Buchanan County, Iowa, Buchanan County, Missouri, and Buchanan County, Virginia. Another in Texas
Texas
was christened in 1858 but renamed Stephens County, after the newly elected Vice President of the Confederate States of America, Alexander Stephens, in 1861.[118] The city of Buchanan, Michigan, was also named after him.[119] Several other communities are named after him: the unincorporated community of Buchanan, Indiana, the city of Buchanan, Georgia, the town of Buchanan, Wisconsin, and the townships of Buchanan Township, Michigan, and Buchanan, Missouri. See also[edit]

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Primary sources

Buchanan, James. Fourth Annual Message to Congress. (1860, December 3). Buchanan, James. Mr Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion (1866) National Intelligencer
National Intelligencer
(1859)

Further reading[edit]

Binder, Frederick Moore. "James Buchanan: Jacksonian Expansionist" Historian 1992 55(1): 69–84. ISSN 0018-2370 Full text: in Ebsco Binder, Frederick Moore. James Buchanan
James Buchanan
and the American Empire. Susquehanna U. Press, 1994. Birkner, Michael J., ed. James Buchanan
James Buchanan
and the Political Crisis of the 1850s. Susquehanna U. Press, 1996. Boulard, Garry. The Worst President--The Story of James Buchanan iUniverse, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4917-5961-5. Meerse, David. "Buchanan, the Patronage, and the Lecompton Constitution: a Case Study" Civil War History 1995 41(4): 291–312. ISSN 0009-8078 Nevins, Allan. The Emergence of Lincoln 2 vols. (1960) highly detailed narrative of his presidency Nichols, Roy Franklin; The Democratic Machine, 1850–1854 (1923), detailed narrative; online Quist, John W. and Birkner, Michael J. (eds.), James Buchanan
James Buchanan
and the Coming of the Civil War. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013. Rhodes, James Ford History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the McKinley-Bryan Campaign of 1896 vol 2. (1892) Silbey, Joel H. (2014). A Companion to the Antebellum Presidents 1837–1861. Wiley.  pp 397–464 Updike, John Buchanan Dying: A Play (1974). ISBN 0-394-49042-8, ISBN 0-8117-0238-3, containing an 80-page historical "Afterword" that discusses sources, etc.

External links[edit]

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United States Congress. " James Buchanan
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Ill with Dysentery Before Inauguration: Original Letters Shapell Manuscript Foundation Mr. Buchanans Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion. President Buchanans memoirs. Inaugural Address Fourth Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1860

Offices and distinctions

U.S. House of Representatives

Preceded by Jacob Hibshman Member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 3rd (Seat 1) congressional district 1821–1823 Succeeded by Daniel H. Miller

Preceded by James S. Mitchell Member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 4th (Seat 1) congressional district 1823–1831 Succeeded by William Muhlenberg Hiester

Preceded by Philip Pendleton Barbour Chairperson of the House Judiciary Committee 1829–1831 Succeeded by Warren R. Davis

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Preceded by Joseph Reed Ingersoll United States Minister to the Court of St James's 1853–1856 Succeeded by George M. Dallas

U.S. Senate

Preceded by William Wilkins United States Senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania 1834–1845 Served alongside: Samuel McKean, Daniel Sturgeon Succeeded by Simon Cameron

Political offices

Preceded by John C. Calhoun United States Secretary of State 1845–1849 Succeeded by John M. Clayton

Preceded by Franklin Pierce 15th President of the United States 1857–1861 Succeeded by Abraham Lincoln

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Preceded by Franklin Pierce Democratic nominee for President of the United States 1856 Succeeded by Stephen A. Douglas John C. Breckinridge¹

Honorary titles

Preceded by Martin Van Buren Oldest living President of the United States 1862–1868 Succeeded by Millard Fillmore

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1. The Democratic Party split in 1860, producing two presidential candidates. Douglas was nominated by Northern Democrats; Breckinridge was nominated by Southern Democrats.

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Cave Johnson
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George Bancroft
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Nominee

James K. Polk

VP nominee

George M. Dallas

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Martin Van Buren James Buchanan Lewis Cass Richard M. Johnson

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Henry Clay

VP nominee

Theodore Frelinghuysen

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Nominee

Zachary Taylor

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Millard Fillmore

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Henry Clay John M. Clayton Winfield Scott Daniel Webster

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Nominee

Lewis Cass

VP nominee

William O. Butler

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James Buchanan Levi Woodbury Martin Van Buren

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Martin Van Buren

VP nominee

Charles F. Adams

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John P. Hale Joshua R. Giddings

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Nominee

Franklin Pierce

VP nominee

William R. King

Candidates

James Buchanan Lewis Cass Stephen A. Douglas William L. Marcy

Whig Party Convention

Nominee

Winfield Scott

VP nominee

William A. Graham

Candidates

Edward Bates Rufus Choate John J. Crittenden Millard Fillmore Daniel Webster

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(1852 ←) United States presidential election, 1856
United States presidential election, 1856
(1860 →)

Democratic Party Convention

Nominee

James Buchanan

VP nominee

John C. Breckinridge

Candidates

Lewis Cass Stephen A. Douglas Franklin Pierce

Republican Party Convention

Nominee

John C. Frémont

VP nominee

William L. Dayton

Candidates

Nathaniel P. Banks Abraham Lincoln John McLean Robert F. Stockton

American Party

Nominee

Millard Fillmore

VP nominee

Andrew J. Donelson

Candidates

George Law

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