JAMES BUCHANAN Usually only glorified as being our15th chief executive, few take the time to examine that Buchanan was an uncannily sharp dresser.
Graduate of Dickinson College, gifted in debate and well-versed in law Elected to H.O.R. 5 TIMES!!! Ambassador to Russia Served in Senate for 10 years (the best 10 years they ever had) Secretary of State to James K. Polk Pierce’s Minister to Great Brtitain
AS AMBASSADOR TORUSSIAWas appointed by Andrew Jackson in 1832 (good move!)His God-like negotiating skills scored us a Maritime TradeTreaty with Russia while Buchanan toured in St. Petersburg.Still think he didn’t do anything, Mr. Graeme?
Secretary of State to James K. Polk Buchanan ran for president against Polk, but because America was intimidated, and not yet ready for so much handsome-ness to be in charge, Polk won, and appointed Buchanan as Sec. of State in 1844 During a time when U.S. was acquiring new territory
Sec. Of State Under Polk (cont.) Buchanan’s facilitated the acquisition of Texas, and brokered the Oregon Treaty of 1846, which averted the threat of war with Britain and resulted in the Northwest boundary between U.S. and Canada
JAMES K. POLK JAMES BUCHANAN Mullet Clearly the more handsome Big ears and caveman-ish of the two forehead Devil-may-care hairstyle Mullet Strong, Presidential chin Sympathetic eyes
Strategy: Buchanan’s Brilliance Appointed Minister to Britain under Pierce This allowed Buchanan to stay clear of political controversies regarding slavery (Kansans-Nebraska Act) and return with an untarnished reputation. While politicians at home were engrossed in such reputation-compromising controversies, Buchanan came home with his in pristine form
Qualifications• Untarnished Political reputation• Sense of Style• Awesome Hair• Dashing good looks• Courage• Devilishly handsome bachelor• Sterling Political and educational background
Ran against the far less competent Republican candidate John C. Fremont, and the Whig- American candidate Millard Fillmore. Due to his political reputation, history of compromise, spectacular oratory skills, and respect for Southern states’ position on slavery (another excellent move strategically) He was the obvious choice for president, and was elected in 1857
The Golden Age: ThePresidency of JamesBuchanan James Buchanan’s Presidential Strategy: Stay out of it Wanted America to draw on its internal strengths, believed that the nation would benefit and become stronger by dealing with its problems with as little Presidential interference or help as possible Wanted to deal with the issue by balancing sectionalism and having the law interpreted as the Constitution and Supreme Court dictated it But of course, the nation was becoming increasingly divided over the issue of slavery, and James had to get involved…or did he?
Buchanan was forced to deal with the issue of Kansas being entered as either a slave or free state Buchanan took a pro-slavery stance, thinking only for the good of the nation This drew hatred and criticism from Abolitionists, namely Stephen Douglas This was a minor blunder in a large history of excellent achievements After Kansas entered the union as a free state in 1861, Buchanan changed his views to support popular sovereignty, wanting the states to solve this issue themselves, but this did little to calm the nation after the Raid on Harper’s ferry, and Buchanan’s reputation was rendered unfairly ruined politically
“I like the noise of Democracy” -James Buchanan “To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.” –James Buchanan “What is right and what is practicable are two different things.” –James Buchanan “Buchanan acknowledges an intellectual debt” -Thomas J. DiLorenzo “I‟m glad he‟s not single, „cause I‟m gonna climb that like a tree.” –Megan from Bridesmaids