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  • ID: I46197
  • Name: James BUCHANAN
  • RELA: 14th cousin 6x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 23 APR 1791 in Cove Gap near Mercersburg, Franklin Co., PA
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania BET 1821 AND 1831
  • Event: Appointed BET 4 JAN 1832 AND 5 AUG 1833 U.S. Ambassador to Russia
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from Pennsylvania BET 6 DEC 1834 AND 5 MAR 1845
  • Event: Appointed BET 1845 AND 1849 United States Secretary of State
  • Event: Appointed BET 1853 AND 1856 U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Event: Elected BET 4 MAR 1857 AND 4 MAR 1861 15th President of the United States
  • Death: 1 JUN 1868 in Lancaster, PA
  • Event: Sound
  • Title: President
  • Event: Pic President James Buchanan
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  • Note:
    BUCHANAN, James, a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania and 15th President of the United States; born at Cove Gap, near Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pa., April 23, 1791; moved to Mercersburg, Pa., with his parents in 1799; was privately tutored and then attended the village academy; graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1809; moved to Lancaster, Pa., the same year; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1812 and practiced in Lancaster; was one of the first volunteers in the War of 1812 and served in the defense of Baltimore; member, State house of representatives 1814-1815; elected to the Seventeenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1831); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Twenty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1830; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1830 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against James H. Peck, judge of the United States District Court for the District of Missouri; Minister to Russia 1832-1834; elected as a Democrat (Jacksonian) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Wilkins; reelected in 1837 and 1843 and served from December 6, 1834, until he resigned on March 5, 1845, to accept a Cabinet portfolio; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (Twenty-fourth through Twenty-sixth Congresses); Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President James Polk 1845-1849; Minister to Great Britain 1853-1856; elected as a Democrat as President of the United States in 1856 and served from March 4, 1857, to March 3, 1861; retired to his home "Wheatland," near Lancaster, Pa., where he died June 1, 1868; interment in Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress




    Father: James BUCHANAN b: 1761 in Coumty Donegal, Ireland
    Mother: Elizabeth SPEER b: 17 MAR 1767 in Franklin Co., PA

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown

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