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A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents Volume 5, part 4: James Buchanan   By: (1843-1914)

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This compilation of the messages and papers of President James Buchanan provides a fascinating insight into the political landscape of the mid-19th century. James Buchanan's presidency was marked by numerous challenges, including the growing tensions between the North and the South that would ultimately lead to the Civil War.

The collection of messages and papers included in this volume offer a comprehensive look at Buchanan's presidency, including his efforts to address the divisive issue of slavery and his attempts to preserve the union. It is clear from these documents that Buchanan faced a difficult and turbulent time in office, with the country on the brink of war.

The editor, James D. Richardson, has done an excellent job of compiling and organizing these important historical documents. The footnotes and annotations provide valuable context and background information, helping to bring the events of Buchanan's presidency to life.

Overall, this volume is a valuable resource for anyone interested in American history or the political climate of the antebellum period. It sheds light on the challenges faced by President Buchanan and the nation during a critical moment in our country's history.

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James Buchanan

March 4, 1857, to March 4, 1861

James Buchanan

James Buchanan was born near Mercersburg, Pa., April 23, 1791. His father, James Buchanan, a Scotch Irish farmer, came from the county of Donegal, Ireland, in 1783. His mother was Elizabeth Speer. The future President was educated at a school in Mercersburg and at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1809. Began to practice law in Lancaster in 1812. His first public address was made at the age of 23 on the occasion of a popular meeting in Lancaster after the capture of Washington by the British in 1814. Although a Federalist and with his party opposed to the war, he urged the enlistment of volunteers for the defense of Baltimore, and was among the first to enroll his name. In October, 1814, was elected to the legislature of Pennsylvania for Lancaster County, and again elected in 1815. At the close of his term in the legislature retired to the practice of the law, gaining early distinction. In 1820 was elected to Congress to represent a district composed of Lancaster, York, and Dauphin counties, and took his seat in December, 1821. He was called a Federalist, but the party distinctions of that time were not clearly defined, and Mr... Continue reading book >>

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