The more I learned about James Buchanan, the more he seemed a mix of equal parts of John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren and Franklin Pierce- with pastoral Pennsylvanian rather than New England roots. JQ Adams: for his extensive experience as a lawyer, diplomat, US Senator and Secretary of State Martin Van Buren: primarily for. In this exploration of the presidency of James Buchanan, , Garry Boulard revisits the 15th President and comes away with a stunning conclusion: Buchanan's performance as the nation's chief executive was even more deplorable and sordid than scholars generally know, making his status as the country's worst president richly deserved/5(25). James Buchanan was a central part of that world for several decades, and if he had won the White House in his early fifties instead of his mid sixties, today we might rank him among the best Author: Fred Schwarz. James Buchanan, –, 15th President of the United States (–61), b. near Mercersburg, Pa., grad. Dickinson College, Early Career Buchanan studied law at Lancaster, Pa., and in practice there gained a considerable reputation for his wide learning and brilliant oratory.
James Buchanan (), America’s 15th president, was in office from to During his tenure, seven Southern states seceded from the Union and the. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president, a Democrat whose efforts at compromise in the North-South conflict failed to avert the American Civil War. This was a short, easy-to-read biography of James Buchanan that seemed to mostly focus on his time as president. Overall, the book was well written, so I gave it four stars. However, I feel as though with a title like, "The Worst President," the author could have done a better job convincing me that Buchanan was in fact the worst president/5. The problem, of course, is that James Buchanan, our nation’s only bachelor president, had no woman to call his “better half.” But, as Brown’s letter implies, there was a man who fit the : Thomas Balcerski.
James Buchanan, widely regarded as one of history’s worst presidents due to his alliance with slave states and inability to stop the country from hurtling towards a civil war, may have another claim to fame in the history books. James was the second child, and oldest surviving son, of James and Elizabeth Speer Buchanan's large family of eleven children. An older sister died as an infant and, after James, five daughters arrived in the two-year pattern of fecund reproduction accomplished by American wives whose contraception ended when they stopped nursing their infants/5(8). Buy a cheap copy of James Buchanan book by Jean H. Baker. A provocative reconsideration of a presidency on the brink of Civil WarAlmost no president was as well trained and well prepared for the office as James Buchanan. Free shipping over $/5(4). Many historians rate America’s 15th chief executive, James Buchanan, as the most inept occupant of the White House due mainly to the fact that he took no action to unite a country sharply.