American Presidents

More about James Buchanan

  • During his term the Dred Scott decision was passed which decreed that a slave was not a person but forever property.
  • Since Buchanan never married, his orphaned niece, Harriet Lane, acted as hostess during his time as president and was very popular in Washington society.
  • Because of the Civil War, Buchanan actually believed he would be the last president of the United States.
  • "My dear, sir, if you are as happy on entering the White House as I on leaving, you are a very happy man indeed." -- James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln.

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