James Buchanan

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Career Highlights

In office
March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Vice PresidentJohn C. Breckinridge
BornApril 23, 1791
Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 1, 1868
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
United States Minister to the United Kingdom
In office
August 23, 1853 – March 15, 1856
United States Secretary of State
In office
March 10, 1845 – March 7, 1849
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
December 6, 1834 – March 5, 1845
United States Minister to Russia
In office
June 11, 1832 – August 5, 1833
Chairman of the 
House Judiciary Committee
In office
March 5, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1831
Member of the 
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from Lancaster County
In office
1814–1816
Political partyDemocratic
EducationDickinson College (BA)
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