Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents by Robert StraussWorst. President. Ever. flips the great presidential biography on its head, offering an enlightening and highly entertaining account of poor James Buchanans presidency to prove once and for all that, well, few leaders could have done worse.
But author Robert Strauss does much more, leading readers out of Buchanans terrible term in office meddling in the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, exacerbating the Panic of 1857, helping foment the John Brown uprisings and Bloody Kansas, virtually inviting a half-dozen states to secede from the Union as a lame duck, and on and on to explore with insight and humor his own obsession with presidents, and ultimately the entire notion of ranking our presidents. He guides us through the POTUS rating game of historians and others who have made their own Mount Rushmores or Marianas Trenches of presidential achievement, showing why Buchanan easily loses to any of the others, but also offering insights into presidential history buffs like himself, the forgotten lesser presidential sites, sex and the presidency, the presidency itself, and how and why it can often take the best measures out of even the most dedicated men.
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Biography of James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States
As a president, Buchanan was well-meaning but indecisive. His lack of leadership and indecisiveness concerning slavery caused more harm than good. Although he did not have any interest in maintaining slavery he, like Fillmore and Pierce, believed it to be best to yield to pro-slavery in order to avoid civil war. His actions during his presidency only furthered the division between North and South. President James Buchanan did not stand a chance. He struggled throughout his term to control situations that he did not begin and was ignorant to when he arrived at the White House.
Serving as president during the run-up to the Civil War, Buchanan's inability to halt the southern states' drive toward secession has led most historians to consider his presidency a failure. Buchanan was the only U. He died in in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His father, James Sr. As a young boy, Buchanan was educated at the Old Stone Academy in his village, and later, Dickinson College, where he was nearly suspended for bad behavior before finally graduating in After graduating from college, Buchanan moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he studied law, and, in , he was admitted to the bar.
President James Buchanan: 1857 – 1861
During his tenure, seven Southern states seceded from the Union and the nation teetered on the brink of civil war. Congress; he later became a foreign diplomat and U. Buchanan, a Democrat who was morally opposed to slavery but believed it was protected by the U. Constitution, was elected to the White House in As president, he tried to maintain peace between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the government, but tensions only escalated. In , after Abraham Lincoln was elected to succeed Buchanan, South Carolina seceded and the Confederacy was soon established. The younger Buchanan graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and then studied law.
For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. His father had immigrated to the United States in and worked as a storekeeper. Buchanan was educated at Dickinson College in Carlisle , Pennsylvania, graduating in , and studied law in Lancaster , Pennsylvania. He was admitted to the bar in and soon established a successful law practice. His gift for oratory led him to politics. Buchanan never married and remains the only bachelor president. In , when he was 28 years old, he became engaged to Anne C.
James Buchanan April 23, —June 1, served as America's 15th president. He presided over the contentious pre-Civil War era and was considered a hopeful and strong choice by the Democrats when he was elected. But when he left office, seven states had already seceded from the union. Buchanan is often perceived as one of the worst U. He was the second and oldest surviving son of the 11 children of James Buchanan Sr.