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[[quoteright:248:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/james-buchanan.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:248:"Just wait it out," he said.]] ->''"If you are as happy to be accepting this office as I am to be leaving it, then you are a very happy man."''\\ --'''James Buchanan''' "welcoming" UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. ->''"Meanwhile the nation's chief executive, James Buchanan, did nothing."''\\ --'''Creator/KenBurns''', ''"The Civil War"'' '''James Buchanan''' (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He immediately followed UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request. Buchanan began his political career in the House of Representatives in 1814. He was not popular with fellow politicians. UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson gave him the position of [[ReassignedToAntarctica Minister to Russia]] in an attempt to [[KickedUpstairs keep him out of the country]], where he would, in Jackson's words, "do the least harm". [[ReassignmentBackfire Unfortunately]], this lead to the impression that he had serious diplomatic/political credentials. This post was followed by time in the Senate, as Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk, and as Minister to Great Britain. Part of the reason he won the election in 1856 was because he was out of the country during the unpopular presidency of UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce and couldn't be blamed for any of the administration's hated policies, particularly the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office. The day before he died, Buchanan said "[[VindicatedByHistory History will vindicate me.]]" [[ForegoneConclusion It didn't.]] Buchanan's desire to merely maintain the status quo (he said that secession was illegal but using military force to stop secession was ''also'' illegal) did nothing to mend a bitterly divided nation. By the end he was only interested in holding off the by-now inevitable civil war long enough for him to get out of office and leave the problems to the next president. He also once admitted after he left office that he didn't try to stop the South because he was afraid that hostile African Americans would try to take over the nation. Today, he is considered to be one of the worst, if not ''the'' worst, president in US history. ---- '''Tropes he embodied:''' * AmbiguouslyGay: As noted above, he's often speculated to have been gay. Made fun of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG8WMwda968 here]]. * [[EmbarrassingNickname Lame Nickname]]: "The Old Public Functionary". That's it. Seriously. ** AndrewJackson referred to him and Senator King as "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy". [[AmbiguouslyGay Yeah.]] * HiddenDepths: During his presidency, he secretly bought nearly a hundred slaves and set them free in Pennsylvania with 100 dollars for each to start their lives as freemen. * OurPresidentsAreDifferent: President Focus Group, definitely, with maybe a touch of President Buffoon * ReassignedToAntarctica: After he screwed up the House of Representatives impeachment trial of heavily corrupt Judge James H. Peck, then President AndrewJackson appointed him as Ambassador to Russia, believing that it would be a position where Buchanan would "do the least harm". Buchanan proceeded to screw up a trade agreement by erroniously sending a boat to America with Russian goods that hadn't been purchased yet and nearly caused an international incident. Whoops. * SpiritedYoungLady: Not Buchanan himself, obviously, but rather his orphaned niece, Harriet Lane. Due to him being unmarried, she served as his First Lady and helped create the modern role of the First Lady (in fact, the term "First Lady" was coined to describe her, since she couldn't be called "the President's wife"). She was very popular with the public, even after her uncle had become very unpopular. * VindicatedByHistory: The day prior to his death, Buchanan said "History will vindicate me". [[EpicFail It did not]]. * WhileRomeBurns: History has judged him guilty of this. ----
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[[quoteright:248:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/james-buchanan.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:248:"Just wait it out," he said.]] ->''"If you are as happy to be accepting this office as I am to be leaving it, then you are a very happy man."''\\ --'''James Buchanan''' "welcoming" UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. ->''"Meanwhile the nation's chief executive, James Buchanan, did nothing."''\\ --'''Creator/KenBurns''', ''"The Civil War"'' '''James Buchanan''' (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He immediately followed UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request. Buchanan began his political career in the House of Representatives in 1814. He was not popular with fellow politicians. UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson gave him the position of [[ReassignedToAntarctica Minister to Russia]] in an attempt to [[KickedUpstairs keep him out of the country]], where he would, in Jackson's words, "do the least harm". [[ReassignmentBackfire Unfortunately]], this lead to the impression that he had serious diplomatic/political credentials. This post was followed by time in the Senate, as Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk, and as Minister to Great Britain. Part of the reason he won the election in 1856 was because he was out of the country during the unpopular presidency of UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce and couldn't be blamed for any of the administration's hated policies, particularly the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office. The day before he died, Buchanan said "[[VindicatedByHistory History will vindicate me.]]" [[ForegoneConclusion It didn't.]] Buchanan's desire to merely maintain the status quo (he said that secession was illegal but using military force to stop secession was ''also'' illegal) did nothing to mend a bitterly divided nation. By the end he was only interested in holding off the by-now inevitable civil war long enough for him to get out of office and leave the problems to the next president. He also once admitted after he left office that he didn't try to stop the South because he was afraid that hostile African Americans would try to take over the nation. Today, he is considered to be one of the worst, if not ''the'' worst, president in US history. ---- '''Tropes he embodied:''' * AmbiguouslyGay: As noted above, he's often speculated to have been gay. Made fun of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG8WMwda968 here]]. * [[EmbarrassingNickname Lame Nickname]]: "The Old Public Functionary". That's it. Seriously. ** AndrewJackson referred to him and Senator King as "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy". [[AmbiguouslyGay Yeah.]] * HiddenDepths: During his presidency, he secretly bought nearly a hundred slaves and set them free in Pennsylvania with 100 dollars for each to start their lives as freemen. * OurPresidentsAreDifferent: President Focus Group, definitely, with maybe a touch of President Buffoon * ReassignedToAntarctica: After he screwed up the House of Representatives impeachment trial of heavily corrupt Judge James H. Peck, then President AndrewJackson appointed him as Ambassador to Russia, believing that it would be a position where Buchanan would "do the least harm". Buchanan proceeded to screw up a trade agreement by erroniously sending a boat to America with Russian goods that hadn't been purchased yet and nearly caused an international incident. Whoops. * SpiritedYoungLady: Not Buchanan himself, obviously, but rather his orphaned niece, Harriet Lane. Due to him being unmarried, she served as his First Lady and helped create the modern role of the First Lady (in fact, the term "First Lady" was coined to describe her, since she couldn't be called "the President's wife"). She was very popular with the public, even after her uncle had become very unpopular. * VindicatedByHistory: The day prior to his death, Buchanan said "History will vindicate me". [[EpicFail It did not]]. * WhileRomeBurns: History has judged him guilty of this. ----[[redirect:UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan]]
13th Jan '14 2:29:56 PM MarkLungo
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'''James Buchanan''' (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He immediately followed FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request. Buchanan began his political career in the House of Representatives in 1814. He was not popular with fellow politicians. UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson gave him the position of [[ReassignedToAntarctica Minister to Russia]] in an attempt to [[KickedUpstairs keep him out of the country]], where he would, in Jackson's words, "do the least harm". [[ReassignmentBackfire Unfortunately]], this lead to the impression that he had serious diplomatic/political credentials. This post was followed by time in the Senate, as Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk, and as Minister to Great Britain. Part of the reason he won the election in 1856 was because he was out of the country during the unpopular presidency of FranklinPierce and couldn't be blamed for any of the administration's hated policies, particularly the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
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'''James Buchanan''' (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He immediately followed FranklinPierce, UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request. Buchanan began his political career in the House of Representatives in 1814. He was not popular with fellow politicians. UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson gave him the position of [[ReassignedToAntarctica Minister to Russia]] in an attempt to [[KickedUpstairs keep him out of the country]], where he would, in Jackson's words, "do the least harm". [[ReassignmentBackfire Unfortunately]], this lead to the impression that he had serious diplomatic/political credentials. This post was followed by time in the Senate, as Secretary of State under UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk, and as Minister to Great Britain. Part of the reason he won the election in 1856 was because he was out of the country during the unpopular presidency of FranklinPierce UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce and couldn't be blamed for any of the administration's hated policies, particularly the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
12th Jan '14 12:59:23 PM MarkLungo
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Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
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Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, MillardFillmore UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
11th Jan '14 10:33:54 AM MarkLungo
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Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
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Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[TheAmericanCivilWar [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of AbrahamLincoln UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (ZacharyTaylor's (UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
10th Jan '14 12:59:23 PM MarkLungo
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/james-buchanan.jpg [[caption-width:248:"Just wait it out," he said.]] ->''"If you are as happy to be accepting this office as I am to be leaving it, then you are a very happy man."'' ->--James Buchanan "welcoming" AbrahamLincoln. ->''"Meanwhile the nation's chief executive, James Buchanan, did nothing."'' ->--KenBurns, ''"The Civil War"''
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Buchanan began his political career in the House of Representatives in 1814. He was not popular with fellow politicians. AndrewJackson gave him the position of [[ReassignedToAntarctica Minister to Russia]] in an attempt to [[KickedUpstairs keep him out of the country]], where he would, in Jackson's words, "do the least harm". [[ReassignmentBackfire Unfortunately]], this lead to the impression that he had serious diplomatic/political credentials. This post was followed by time in the Senate, as Secretary of State under JamesKPolk, and as Minister to Great Britain. Part of the reason he won the election in 1856 was because he was out of the country during the unpopular presidency of FranklinPierce and couldn't be blamed for any of the administration's hated policies, particularly the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.
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Buchanan began his political career in the House of Representatives in 1814. He was not popular with fellow politicians. AndrewJackson UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson gave him the position of [[ReassignedToAntarctica Minister to Russia]] in an attempt to [[KickedUpstairs keep him out of the country]], where he would, in Jackson's words, "do the least harm". [[ReassignmentBackfire Unfortunately]], this lead to the impression that he had serious diplomatic/political credentials. This post was followed by time in the Senate, as Secretary of State under JamesKPolk, UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk, and as Minister to Great Britain. Part of the reason he won the election in 1856 was because he was out of the country during the unpopular presidency of FranklinPierce and couldn't be blamed for any of the administration's hated policies, particularly the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

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23rd Nov '13 3:40:19 PM MysteriousF
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James Buchanan (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He immediately followed FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request.
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James Buchanan '''James Buchanan''' (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He immediately followed FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request.
1st Nov '13 8:08:27 AM ThisIsATestTai
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James Buchanan (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861, and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as FranklinPierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request.
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James Buchanan (1791-1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States, serving from [[TheWildWest 1857 to 1861, 1861]], and the fifth representing the institution known as the Democratic Party.Party. He immediately followed FranklinPierce, but, more notably, preceded AbrahamLincoln. He was the last president born in the 18th century and the only president from Pennsylvania, although that state currently isn't very proud of that. Buchanan remains the only President to never marry; his niece fulfilled the duties of First Lady. He ''was'' engaged to a woman at one point, but they broke up and she died (likely suicide) shortly after. Is often believed to have been a closeted gay man, who allegedly had a long relationship with Alabama Senator William King, who died six weeks into his term as FranklinPierce's Franklin Pierce's Vice President. The truth died with Buchanan, since his relatives burned his diaries and personal documents upon his death, as per his request.
4th Jul '13 4:19:26 PM SuperLurkerGuy
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Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the slave states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
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Those who know their American history dates know full-well what happened during his presidency. Tensions between the North and the South reached their peak, and it would have taken a skilled executive to reach a compromise that could have avoided conflict. Buchanan's policy was, to put it bluntly, to do nothing and either let everyone calm down or wait until someone else came up with a solution. Needless to say, [[TheAmericanCivilWar it didn't work]]. After the election of AbrahamLincoln in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union during the last few months of the Buchanan presidency (and four would later follow). Although each of the three previous Presidents had played a part in creating the circumstances that led to the Civil War (ZacharyTaylor's belligerent approach to the slave states got things off on the wrong foot, MillardFillmore signed an ultimately ill-advised compromise agreement, and FranklinPierce proceeded to piss off the slave free states by breaking the terms of said agreement), the final, fatal lurch towards the conflict happened on Buchanan's watch. It didn't help that he ordered the invasion of Utah for the purpose of persecuting [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} an unpopular Christian denomination]] (to be fair, he did this after receiving false information about Mormons taking over every post in the territory), or that the economy entered a panic the year he entered office.
3rd Jul '13 10:17:06 AM Random888
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* AmbiguouslyGay: As noted above, he's often speculated to have been gay.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: As noted above, he's often speculated to have been gay. Made fun of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG8WMwda968 here]].
14th Jun '13 4:04:45 PM Random888
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* SpiritedYoungLady: Not Buchanan himself, obviously, but rather his niece, Harriet Lane. Due to him being unmarried, she served as his First Lady and helped create the modern role of the First Lady. She was very popular with the public, even after her uncle had become very unpopular.
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* SpiritedYoungLady: Not Buchanan himself, obviously, but rather his orphaned niece, Harriet Lane. Due to him being unmarried, she served as his First Lady and helped create the modern role of the First Lady.Lady (in fact, the term "First Lady" was coined to describe her, since she couldn't be called "the President's wife"). She was very popular with the public, even after her uncle had become very unpopular.
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