After I moved from Franklin Pierce to the 1872 electionchoice I thought about James Buchanan. Many historians rate him as the worstpresident of all. The reason is that he did nothing to discourage the countryfrom its drift toward the Civil War and after the southern states started leavingthe Union, he did nothing to prevent it. In fact he turned a blind eye to thefact that his secretary of war was allowed the Confederacy to take arms fromUnion stores.
So why didn’t Buchanan make my list. His resume. He had thebest list of offices held of any presidential candidate. Here it is:
· U.S. Senator
· Ambassador to Great Britain
· Ambassador to Russia
· Secretary of state
It’s no wonder that his supporters issued this piece whichstates, “Buchanan, the crisis demands his election.” The trouble waswith all of those qualifications, he was nothing but an empty suit.
And here is the Buchanan resume piece: