James Buchanan

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James Buchanan, Jr. (April 23, 1791June 1, 1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States (1857–1861).

To date he is the only President from Pennsylvania, and is the only never to marry. As president he was a Southern sympathizer who battled Stephen A. Douglas for control of the Democratic Party. As Southern states declared their secession in the lead-up to the American Civil War, he held that secession was illegal but that going to war to stop it was also illegal. [1]

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References

  1. U.S. historians pick top 10 presidential errors
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