James Buchanan

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James Buchanan
Order: 6th General Moderator
Term of Office: 25 March, 1853 - 25 March, 1863
Predecessor: Constantine Joanes
Successor: Abram Lincoln
Date of birth: 02 September, 1789
Date of death: 11 November, 1868
Place of birth: Dragonsville, Pennsylvaania
Profession: Attorney, Diplomat
Political Party: Conservative Democrat
Relgious Affiliation: Presbyterian

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.

James Buchanan

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.


Preceded by:
Constantine Joanes
General Moderatorship
of the NAL-SLC
Succeeded by:
Abram Lincoln