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James Buchanan: Tired Ol’ Buck

James Buchanan was nearly seventy in 1861, a time when 75 was a ripe old age. The Election of 1856 When James Buchanan (1791-1868) was elected in 1856, he was a) the last President born in the 18th century; b) … Continue reading

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General Grant in New Jersey

General Grant was the most famous person in the country after the Civil War. All the rich and powerful and famous were anxious to court his favor, and the General usually obliged. A Tale of Gifts and Laws Simply put, … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln’s Rivals

Thirty year old Harriet Lane enjoyed a hugely popular tenure as de facto First Lady in the late 1850s. Her social leadership was as successful as her Uncle James Buchanan’s political administration was a flop. When First Lady-to-be Mary Lincoln … Continue reading

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Harriet Lane Johnston: The Unknown “First Lady”

    Harriet Lane (1830-1903) was technically a Presidential “hostess.”  Nevertheless, she was “hostess” for four full years. Harriet Lane:  A Basic Overview Harriet Lane (1830-1903) was orphaned at nine years old, and her bachelor Uncle James Buchanan, already a well-to-do … Continue reading

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