James Buchanan

Political Offices

For whom did Buchanan serve as secretary of state?

Buchanan made his first run for president in the election of 1844 but he did not obtain the nomination of the Democratic Party; it fell instead to dark horse candidate James K. Polk. Buchanan did become Polk’s secretary of state. But it was a tough position for Buchanan, as Polk would carry out the responsibilities of the job when he and Buchanan disagreed openly on political matters, something that happened quite often.


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