|Order:||6th General Moderator|
|Term of Office:||25 March, 1853 - 25 March, 1863|
|Date of birth:||02 September, 1789|
|Date of death:||11 November, 1868|
|Place of birth:||Dragonsville, Pennsylvaania|
|Political Party:||Conservative Democrat|
James Buchanan (1789-1868) was Foreign Secretary to his predecessor as well as a Delegate, Ambassador to Russia and then Senator. Yet Joannes had so inflamed voters that the Conservative Democrats barely managed to win the General Election. Buchanan interpreted this as meaning he had the country's minimal endorsement. This governed his administration, which faced the changes of the swelling Industrial Revolution and the growth of ethnic strife with soothing words and little else. He sought never to offend, with the result that he also rarely earned any loyalty.
His administration was infamous for taking no definitive actions, but in modern times he is better known as the focus of debate over his sexual orientation. Certainly he was a lifelong bachelor, who wrote flowery (some say romantic) praise for both his predecessor Constantine Joannes and his roommate of many years, House Delegate Claudius Green (1788-1850) of Kent. Upon the latter’s death, he openly wept and appeared to court other bachelors of his generation, seeking permanent companionship.
Buchanan died in 1868 in Lancaster.
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