15 - James Buchanan

April 23, 1791 - June 1, 1868<br>
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State: Pennsylvania<br>
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Religion: Presbyterian<br>
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Marriage: None<br>
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Military service: In the War of 1812, he volunteered for a special company of dragoons from Lancaster County that defended Baltimore from a British attack.<br>
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Party: Democrat<br>
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Term: March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1861<br>
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Vice President: John Cabell Breckinridge<br>
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Highlights of presidency: As the last "antebellum" president, Buchanan's greatest challenge was to settle the Kansas controversy and stop the issue of slavery from dividing the nation. During his term, the Confederate States of America declared their independence. By the time Buchanan's term ended, Kansas was admitted as a free state, but seven states had seceded from the Union.<br>
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Did you know?<br>
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Buchanan was the first unmarried man to be elected president. His inauguration was the first to be photographed. He was the first president to send a trans-Atlantic telegram.
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April 23, 1791 - June 1, 1868

State: Pennsylvania

Religion: Presbyterian

Marriage: None

Military service: In the War of 1812, he volunteered for a special company of dragoons from Lancaster County that defended Baltimore from a British attack.

Party: Democrat

Term: March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1861

Vice President: John Cabell Breckinridge

Highlights of presidency: As the last "antebellum" president, Buchanan's greatest challenge was to settle the Kansas controversy and stop the issue of slavery from dividing the nation. During his term, the Confederate States of America declared their independence. By the time Buchanan's term ended, Kansas was admitted as a free state, but seven states had seceded from the Union.

Did you know?

Buchanan was the first unmarried man to be elected president. His inauguration was the first to be photographed. He was the first president to send a trans-Atlantic telegram.

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