Lesson Plan - Get It!
President Buchanan was the first bachelor (man who wasn't married) to hold the presidential office. He never did marry and had his niece serve as hostess (first lady) at the White House. Apparently, he never heard of "happy wife, happy life!" Explore Buchanan's presidency and the contributions he made to the United States.
Historians rank the presidents in order from "best" to "worst" (although the criteria of this ranking is a bit controversial).
At any rate, President Buchanan ranks as one of the top 5 WORST presidents in United States history! Take a look at the James Buchanan video from The History Channel (below) and see if you can figure out why. First, print the Graphic Organizer titled Pros and Cons of James Buchanan found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Take notes of what you feel were President Buchanan's pros (good) and cons (bad).
Take a look at the list in the Got It? section and see if you discovered a similar list of facts.