James Buchanan

James Buchanan (HM50U)

Location: Mercersburg, PA 17236 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 49.669', W 77° 54.233'

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15th President of the United States 1857 - 1861

James Buchanan, a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania and the 15th President of the United States; born at Cove Gap, near Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pa., April 23, 1791; moved to Mercersburg, Pa. with his parents in 1796; was privately tutored and then attended the Old Stone Academy; was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1809; moved to Lancaster, Pa., the same year; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1812 and served in the defense of Baltimore; member, State House of Representatives 1814-1815; elected to the Seventeenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1831); Minister to Russia 1832-1834; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Wilkens; reelected in 1837 and 1843 and served from December 6, 1834, until he resigned on March 5, 1845, to accept a Cabinet portfolio; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (Twenty-fourth through Twenty-sixth Congresses); Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President James Polk 1845-1849; Minister to Great Britain 1853-1856; elected as a Democrat President of the United States in 1856 and served from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861; retired to his home, Wheatland, near Lancaster, Pa., where he died June 1, 1868; interment in Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.
The Borough of Mercersburg gratefully acknowledges George L. Nalley and Lannie E. Gordon whose dedication and effort made this stature a reality for the community. June 17, 2000
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HM NumberHM50U
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 10:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 251484 N 4412682
Decimal Degrees39.82781667, -77.90388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.669', W 77° 54.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 40.14" N, 77° 54' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 26 S Main St, Mercersburg PA 17236, US
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