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James Buchanan Facts and Trivia

Birthday: April 23, 1791
Birthplace: near Mercersburg, PA
College or University: Dickinson
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation or Profession: Lawyer
Military Rank: Private
Married: never married
Children: none
President number: 15th
Political Party: Democrat
Runner Up: John C. Fremont
Vice President: John C. Breckinridge
Age at Inauguration: 65
Served: 1857-1861
Number of terms: 1
Other Offices or Commissions: U.S. House of Representatives, Minister to Russia, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Minister to Great Britain
Died: June 1, 1868
Age at Death: 77
Place of Burial: Lancaster, PA

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- James Buchanan was born in a log cabin and there were 11 children in his family.

- Buchanan helped defend Baltimore after the British burned Washington, DC during the War of 1812.

- Buchanan was in office when the Supreme Court made a ruling on the Dred Scott case. Dred Scott, a slave sued for his freedom because his master broght him to live in a free state. The court said Scott was property and not a citizen, so therefore he was not free. Tensions leading to the Civil War were mounting.

- Buchanan was the only president who did not marry.

- Buchanan was personally against slavery. He sometimes bought slaves just to set them free.


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