James Buchanan: A Resource Guide
This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search
this collection to find newspaper
articles that reference James Buchanan from this time
A selection of articles related to James Buchanan includes:
Treasures of the Library of Congress
This exhibition provides unique insight into various
aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed
are organized according to the three categories that
Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason,
and imagination. The exhibition contains the first-known
photograph of a presidential inauguration, which was
taken by Montgomery C. Meigs at James
Buchanan's 1857 inauguration.
Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the
Collections of the Library of Congress
Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this
online exhibition, including documents and images related
Buchanan's inauguration in 1857.
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Buchanan,
find digital images related to Buchanan such as prints,
photographs, and political cartoons. Search
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase James
locate additional images.
A selection of highlights from PPOC includes:
The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more
than 725 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864, including
four images of James
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes. Included is documentation of Wheatland,
Buchanan's home from 1849 until his death in 1869.
Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress
This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of James Buchanan.
Kansas entered the Union as a free state on January
29, 1861. Both North and South sent settlers to the territory,
giving rise to the sobriquet "Bleeding Kansas" as
violence erupted out of ideological differences regarding
U.S. congressman, senator, and presidential candidate
Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon, Vermont, on April
23, 1813. Douglas favored the use of popular elections
over Congressional legislation to determine whether Kansas
would be admitted as a slave or free state. This stance
caused a breach between Douglas and President James Buchanan,
although both were members of the Democratic Party.
Their views differed so strongly that for a time
Buchanan worked to block Douglas' reelection.
On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state admitted
into the Union. Minnesota's application for statehood was
submitted to President James Buchanan in January, but became
entangled with the controversial issue of Kansas statehood,
delaying it for several months until it was finally approved
On July 29, 1858, the United States and Japan signed the
Treaty of Amity and Commerce (the Harris Treaty). Townsend
Harris the first U.S. diplomatic representative to Japan,
negotiated the arrangement, which became effective July 4,
The major financial catalyst for the panic of 1857 was the
August 24, 1857, failure of the New York branch of the Ohio
Life Insurance and Trust Company. It was soon reported that
the entire capital of the Trust's home office had been embezzled.
What followed was one of the most severe economic crises
in U.S. history.
Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown and
twenty-one armed followers stole into the town of Harper's
Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) as most of its residents
slept. The men--among them three free blacks, one freed
slave, and one fugitive slave--hoped to spark a rebellion
of freed slaves and to lead an "army of emancipation" to
overturn the institution of slavery by force.