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President James Buchanan (1791-1868)

Lancaster's James Buchanan, a Democrat, served as the 15th President of the United States from 1857 to 1861.  Buchanan disapproved of slavery, but did not want to lead the nation into a civil war. His efforts to maintain peace were seen as a sign of weakness by both the North and the South. By the time he left office, the Civil War was unavoidable.


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For hundreds of years Lancaster has helped to shape the story of America.

 This program made possible through the generous support of

the Richard C. von Hess Foundation


the National Endowment for the Humanities

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