Birth: April 23, 1791
Death: June 1, 1868
Term of Office: March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861
Number of Terms Elected: 1 Term
First Lady: Unmarried, the only bachelor to be president. His niece Harriet Lane fulfilled the role of hostess.
James Buchanan Quote: "What is right and what is practicable are two different things."
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Major Events While in Office:
- Pony Express (1860)
- Southern States begin secession (1860)
- Confederate States of America created (1861)
States Entering Union While in Office:
- Minnesota (1858)
- Oregon (1859)
- Kansas (1860)
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