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James Buchanan
(1791 - 1868)

1791 Born 23 April
1809 Graduates from Dickinson College, begins to study law
1812 Admitted to the bar
1812 Volunteers in the War of 1812
1814 Serves in the lower house of the state legislature
1819 Is engaged to Ann Caroline Coleman for a short time - she breaks off the engagement and dies of overdose shortly thereafter
1821 Serves as a representative in Congress
1830 Chairman of the judiciary committee
1832 Serves as minister to Russia until 1834
1834 Elected to the United States Senate, serves until 1845
1845 Resigns the Senate to accept a Cabinet portfolio
1845 Serves as Secretary of State under James Polk
1846 Negotiates the Oregon Treaty
1853 Named president of the Board of Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College
1853 Serves as minister to the United Kingdom until 1856
1856 Elected president
1856 Helps draft Ostend Manifesto
1857 Buchannan fully supports Lecompton Consitution in Kansas
1861 Buchanan leaves office - at this time seven states have succeeded, the Confederacy is already formed, nearly all the forts and arsenals are already lost, and 25% of all federal soldiers have surrended to Texas troops - Lincoln enters office
1868 Dies 1 June

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