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Interesting US History
A Website Devoted to Interesting Events in U.S. History




15th President (1857-1861)

Born: April 23,1791
Died: June 1, 1868

Vice President: John C. Breckinridge

Political Party: Democratic

Next President: Abraham Lincoln

Previous President: Franklin Pierce

James Buchanan

Notable James Buchanan Quotes

"What is right and what is practicable are two different things."

"T he test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there."

"The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men."

The Only President to...

James Buchanan was the only United States President never to be married.

He is also the only president from Pennsylvania

Interesting James Buchanan Facts

James Buchanan was president when the southern states began to secede from the union. Although he believed secession was illegal, he also believed going to war to stop it was illegal so he did nothing. His lack of action in this regard is thought by many to be the biggest single failure of any United States President.


At one point, Buchanan was expelled from Dickenson College for wild behavior and bad conduct but was able to plead his way back in. He graduated with honors three years later.