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President James Buchanan

Created by: PICRYLDated: 2016
[James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]
James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States (1857-1861), served immediately prior to the American Civil War. He remains the only President to remain a lifelong bachelor. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives and later the Senate, then served as Minister to Russia under President Andrew Jackson. He was named Secretary of State under President James K. Polk. President Franklin Pierce appointed him Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
"I like the noise of democracy."
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[James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

U.S. President. Possibly a copy daguerreotype. Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920; (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Produced by Mathew Brady's studio.

Funeral obsequies of free-trade

Funeral obsequies of free-trade

A gloomy view of the effects of the Polk administration's Tariff of 1846. The artist echoes Whig condemnation of the measure as adverse to American trade. A funeral cortege, composed of administration supporter... more

[James Buchanan, bust portrait, facing right]

[James Buchanan, bust portrait, facing right]

From Brady daguerreotype. LC-BH821-6628.

[James Buchanan, bust portrait, facing right]

[James Buchanan, bust portrait, facing right]

Title devised by Library staff.

[Painting of James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[Painting of James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

Case: scroll motif surrounded by flowers. Hallmark: Rinhart 20b. Date based on hallmark. Purchase; Marian S. Carson; 1998; (DLC/PP-1998:151.1). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). For... more

The inauguration procession in honor of President Buchanan passing through [...]

The inauguration procession in honor of President Buchanan passing thr...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 3, 1857 March 21, p. 240. Reference copy in PRES FILE - Buchanan, James Inauguration, 1857.

James Buchanan / daguerrotype by Brady ; engraved by J.C. Buttre.

James Buchanan / daguerrotype by Brady ; engraved by J.C. Buttre.

James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Engraved for the U.S. Dem. Review.

Inauguration ball in the immense building erected for the purpose in Judiciary Square, Washington City, March 4th, 1857

Inauguration ball in the immense building erected for the purpose in J...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 3, 1857 March 21, p. 241. Reference copy in PRES FILE - Buchanan, James Inauguration, 1857.

Grand national inauguration ball, March Fourth, 1857 : [invitation].

Grand national inauguration ball, March Fourth, 1857 : [invitation].

Printed invitation to James Buchanan's inaugural ball held at at Washington, D.C.'s Judiciary Square in a special building erected for the event to accomodate 6,000 people. The invitation lists the "managers" ... more

James Buchanan / Engraved by J.C. Buttre.

James Buchanan / Engraved by J.C. Buttre.

James Buchanan, half-length portrait, facing right.

By telegraph from England. The Queen's message. The President's reply. London, Eng., August 12, 1858. To. Hon. James Buchanan, P.U.S. Come, let us talk together. American genius and English enterprise have this day joined the old and the new wor

By telegraph from England. The Queen's message. The President's reply....

Trans-Atlantic telegraph.; Queen's message, the President's reply. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Colle... more

The political quadrille. Music by Dred Scott

The political quadrille. Music by Dred Scott

A general parody on the 1860 presidential contest, highlighting the impact of the Dred Scott decision on the race. That controversial decision, handed down in 1857 by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, ruled that ne... more

James Buchanan / engraved by permission, from the original in the possession of J.C. Buttre.

James Buchanan / engraved by permission, from the original in the poss...

James Buchanan, full-length portrait, standing by table, facing left, holding book.

[Full page of advertisements and cartoon, "A new application of the Rarey System", showing James Buchanan holding strap "coercion" and kicking horse "Miss South Carolina"]

[Full page of advertisements and cartoon, "A new application of the Ra...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 11, no. 270 (1861 Jan. 26), p. 160.

A democratic indignation meeting / after a sketch by our special artist in Elysium ; Keppler.

A democratic indignation meeting / after a sketch by our special artis...

Print shows the ghost of Thomas Jefferson speaking to a gathering of the ghosts of John Tyler, Lewis Cass, James K. Polk, Stephen A. Douglas, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Jackson, William L. Marcy, Samuel J. Tilden,... more

James Buchanan: Fifteenth President of the United States

James Buchanan: Fifteenth President of the United States

Print shows James Buchanan, half-length portrait, seated, facing right, with drapery and the base of a pillar in the background. Title from item. Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Researc... more

James Buchanan / painted by J. Eichholz ; engraved by J. Sartain.

James Buchanan / painted by J. Eichholz ; engraved by J. Sartain.

Print showing James Buchanan, half-length portrait, seated, facing front, holding papers; above facsimile signature. Title from item. The 1834 painting by Jacob Eichholtz is in the collection of the Smithsonian... more

The Ostend doctrine. Practical Democrats carrying out the principle

The Ostend doctrine. Practical Democrats carrying out the principle

The Ostend Manifesto, advocated by American minister to England James Buchanan, minister to Spain Pierre Soule, and John Y. Mason, minister to France, urged the purchase or (if necessary) seizure of Cuba from S... more

Hon. James Buchanan, democratic candidate for the presidency, 1856 / lith. & pub. by Th. Rabuske, N.Y.

Hon. James Buchanan, democratic candidate for the presidency, 1856 / l...

James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

James Buchanan, Secretary of State

James Buchanan, Secretary of State

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Fenderich, Ch.

Democratic platform illustrated

Democratic platform illustrated

Another attack on the 1856 Democratic platform as pro-South and proslavery. The Buchanan-Breckenridge ticket is reviled on the basis of recent developments occurring during the outgoing Pierce administration. I... more

[James Buchanan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]

[James Buchanan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]

U.S. President. Identification from an engraving by S.F. Baker in Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, May 3, 1856, p. 321. Scratched on back of plate: 428. Corners trimmed. DAG no. 225 is a possible copy of this i... more

[James Buchanan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]

[James Buchanan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]

U.S. President. Identification from an engraving by S.F. Baker in Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, May 3, 1856, p. 321. Scratched on back of plate: 428. Corners trimmed. DAG no. 225 is a possible copy of this i... more

[James Buchanan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]

[James Buchanan, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the left]

U.S. President. Identification from an engraving by S.F. Baker in Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, May 3, 1856, p. 321. Scratched on back of plate: 428. Corners trimmed. DAG no. 225 is a possible copy of this i... more

National Democratic ticket. For President of the United States James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania. For Vice President John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky. [15 districts listed. [Virginia] Lewellen, printer [1856].

National Democratic ticket. For President of the United States James B...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 186, Folder 47.

Union / painted By T[ompkins] H. Matteson ; engraved by H[enry] S. Sadd.

Union / painted By T[ompkins] H. Matteson ; engraved by H[enry] S. Sad...

A symbolic group portrait eulogizing recent legislative efforts, notably the Compromise of 1850, to preserve the Union. The work is in some respects a memorial to the triumvirate of senior American legislators:... more

The inaugural procession at Washington passing the gate of the Capitol grounds - from a sketch by our special artist

The inaugural procession at Washington passing the gate of the Capitol...

Shows President-elect Lincoln and President Buchanan (tipping his top hat) amidst cheering crowd before west gate at base of Capitol grounds, on their way to the Capitol for Lincoln's first inauguration. Illus.... more

James Buchanan: Democratic candidate for fifteenth President of the United States

James Buchanan: Democratic candidate for fifteenth President of the Un...

Print shows James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right. Title from item. Inscribed in ink at bottom: 444 Deposited in Clerk's Office So. Dist. N.Y. Aug 2, 1856. Currier & Ives : a catalo... more

The right man for the right place

The right man for the right place

Another satire complimentary to Fillmore, whose campaign slogan was "the right man in the right place." Fillmore was nominated at the American party's February 22 convention in Philadelphia. Here he is the embo... more

[James Buchanan, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the right]

[James Buchanan, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the ...

U.S. President. Probably a copy of DAG no. 428. Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920; (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Produced by Mathew Brady's studio.

[James Buchanan, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the right]

[James Buchanan, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the ...

U.S. President. Probably a copy of DAG no. 428. Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920; (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Produced by Mathew Brady's studio.

James Buchanan, Democratic candidate for President of the United States

James Buchanan, Democratic candidate for President of the United State...

Proof for a large woodcut campaign poster or banner for Democratic presidential nominee James Buchanan. A bust-length portrait of Buchanan (apparently taken from Mathew Brady's 1854 daguerreotype portrait) is f... more