The monument was designed to show the original weathered surface of the native rubble and mortar. He attempted in vain to procure President-elect Lincoln's call for a constitutional convention or national referendum to resolve the issue of slavery. Buchanan did quietly seek nomination at the Democratic National Convention Polk had promised to serve only one termbut the nomination instead went to Senator Lewis Cass of Michigan. Wikimedia Commons has media related to James Buchanan. Buchanan also opposed the gag rulestating, "We have just as little right to interfere with slavery in the South, as we have to touch the right of petition.
The document proposed the purchase from Spain of Cuba, then in the midst of revolution and near bankruptcy, declaring the island "as necessary to the North American republic as any of its present
Binder, Frederick Moore That he held the hostile sections in check during these revolutionary times was in itself a remarkable achievement. Buchanan's appointment of southerners and southern sympathizers alienated many in the north, and his failure to appoint any followers of Stephen Douglas divided the party. The court was considering the legality of restricting slavery in the territories and two justices had hinted to Buchanan their findings. Primary sources [ edit ] Buchanan, James.
Barbour Macon Brown Barbour R. Public attitude shifted as well. Buchanan considered the essence of good self-government to be founded on restraint. Howell Cobb — Philip F. Curtis, George Ticknor