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The Failures of US President James Buchanan
A review of the presidency of US President James Buchanan and its failings.
# 153422 | 1,618 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 30, 2013 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Presidency)

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The paper provides some background on James Buchanan and discusses his views on slavery. The paper then addresses how he dealt with the friction between North and South prior to the Civil War and relates that even though he was experienced in government and law, he was deficient in the valor to deal successfully with the slavery crisis, and he vacillated on the problem of Kansas' position as a slave-holding state. The paper then argues that Buchanan completely lacked the ability to rise to the occasion and guard the country when it required defending. The paper also shows how some academics find liability in Buchanan's nature while others assert that Buchanan was incapable to understand the nature of the sectional disagreement over slavery.

From the Paper:

"James Buchanan, fifteenth President of the United States (James Buchanan, n.d.), was born on April 23, 1791 in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (BUCHANAN, James, (1791 - 1868), n.d.). He moved when he was five to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He was born into an affluent merchant family. He went to school at the Old Stone Academy prior to going to Dickinson College in 1807. He then learned law and was admitted to the bar in 1812. He began his career as a lawyer prior to combination the military to fight in the War of 1812. He was then selected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and then to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1832, he was chosen by Andrew Jackson to be the Minister to Russia. He came back home to be a U.S. Senator in from 1834-35. In 1845, he was selected Secretary of State under President James K. Polk. In 1853-56, he served as President Pierce's Minister to Great Britain (Kelly, 2011).
'In 1856, James Buchanan was designated as the Democratic candidate for president. He supported the right of people to hold slaves as constitutional. He ran in opposition to Republican candidate John C. Fremont and the least known candidate, former President Millard Fillmore. Buchanan won after a passionately challenged crusade and the risk of Civil War if the Republicans won. Buchanan withdrew to Pennsylvania where he was not caught up in public affairs."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "BUCHANAN, James, (1791 - 1868)." Bio Guide Congress, n.d. Web. 3 May 2011.
  • "James Buchanan." Answers, 2011. Web. 29 April 2011.
  • "James Buchanan." Tulane, n.d. Web. 3 May 2011.
  • Kelly, Martin., 2011. "James Buchanan - Fifteenth President of the United States." Web. 29 April 2011.
  • LaFantasie, Glenn W. (2011). "James Buchanan, the U.S. president who wanted to annex Cuba." Retrieved from who-wanted.html

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