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James Buchana, The President Who Refused To Marry

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James Buchana, served as the 15th President of the United States (1857-1861), prior to the American Civil War.

He is the only President to have been elected from Pennsylvania and to have lived his whole life as a bachelor.

It’s difficult to imagine a country with no first lady at the moment. Politicians are expected to depict themselves as a respectable family man or woman in order to gain the trust of the public.

When he was 28, he dated Anne C. Coleman, the daughter of a wealthy Pennsylvania family.

He ended the connection for an undisclosed reason, and Coleman died soon after, most likely as a consequence of suicide.

James Buchana, the only President who never married, was tall, dignified, and stiffly formal in the high stock he wore around his jowls.

Buchana’s grasp of the political reality of the period was inadequate as he presided over a quickly split nation.

James Buchana relied on constitutional principles to bridge the expanding chasm over slavery, but he didn’t realize that the North would reject constitutional arguments that supported the South.

He couldn’t see how sectionalism had reshaped political parties: the Democrats had split, the Whigs had been crushed, and the Republicans had emerged.

James was elected to the House of Representatives five times and then to the Senate for a decade after serving as Minister to Russia.

James Buchana was appointed Secretary of State by Polk and Minister to the United Kingdom by Pierce.

Because his overseas service kept him out of nasty domestic squabbles, he was able to win the Democratic nomination in 1856.

According to reports, President James Buchanan was bisexual, which explains why he was never married.

James Buchana worked for Alabama Senator William Rufus King for 15 years before his presidential campaign.

Because Buchana was a bachelor, his orphaned niece performed the role of the First Lady.

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