James Buchanan Timeline

James Buchanan Timeline. A lifetime of events for the 15th American President. Both public and private from his birth on April 23, 1791 to his death on June 1, 1868.

1791 James Buchanan was born on April 23
1797 John Adams becomes the 2nd American President
1801 Thomas Jefferson becomes the 3rd American President
1809 Buchanan graduates from Dickinson College
James Madison becomes the 4th American President
1812 Buchanan is elected to the Bar
War of 1812
1814 Buchanan is elected to the Pennsylvania legislature
Washington is burned
1816 Buchanan resumes his law practice
1817 James Monroe becomes the 5th American President
1820 Buchanan is elected to the United States House of Representatives
Missouri Compromise
1822 Buchanan is re-elected to Congress
1825 Buchanan begins his third term in Congress
John Quincy Adams becomes the 6th American President
1829 Andrew Jackson becomes the 7th American President
1832 Buchanan is appointed minister to Russia
1834 Buchanan is elected to the United States Senate
The rise of the new Whig Party
1836 Buchanan is re-elected to the U.S. Senate
Siege of the Alamo
1837 Martin Van Buren becomes the 8th American President
1841 William Henry Harrison becomes the 9th American President
President Harrison died while in office serving the shortest term in American History, March 4th to April 4th
Vice President John Tyler assumes the Presidency upon the death of President Harrison
1844 Buchanan ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination unsuccessfully
1845 James Knox Polk becomes the 11th American President
Buchanan is appointed Secretary of State
Annexation of Texas
Buchanan declines an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court
1846 Buchanan negotiates an Oregon Treaty with Great Britain
Oregon settlement
Mexican-American War
1848 Buchanan declines to run for Governor of Pennsylvania
Gold is discovered in California
1849 Zachary Taylor. becomes the 12th American President
1850 Buchanan opposes the Compromise of 1850
Millard Fillmore becomes the 13th American President
The Compromise of 1850
1853 Franklin Pierce becomes the 14th American President
Buchanan is appointed Minister to Great Britain
Gadsden Purchase
1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
1856 Civil War in Kansas
1857 James Buchanan becomes the 15th American President
Dred Scott decision
1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates
1859 John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry
1860 South Carolina secedes from the Union
1861 Buchanan submits Virginia resolutions to Congress
Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th American President
Buchanan retires to Wheatland
The 11 seceded states form a provisional government
The American Civil War begins
1863 Battle of Gettysburg
1865 Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox
President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated
Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the Presidency upon the death of President Lincoln
1868 President Andrew Johnson is impeached impeached
June 1, Buchanan dies

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