Resources: A Buchanan Bibliography
Books & Pamphlets about James Buchanan

The Agitation of Slavery. Who Commenced! And Who Can End It!! Buchanan and Fillmore Compared. From the Record. Washington, DC: Union Office, 1856.

The American Text Book, for the Campaign of 1856. Baltimore, MD: Bull & Tuttle, 1856.

Auchampaugh, Philip Gerald. A Forgotten Journey of an Antebellum President: The Trip and Addresses of James Buchanan Delivered During His Journey to the Commencement of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1859. Richmond, VA: n.p., 1935.

Auchampaugh, Philip Gerald. James Buchanan and His Cabinet on the Eve of Secession. Lancaster, PA: Privately printed, 1926.

Auchampaugh, Philip Gerald. James Buchanan, a Political Portrait, 1856, according to his Friends and Enemies. Reno, NV: n.p.,1946.

Auchampaugh, Philip Gerald. James Buchanan, the Conservatives’ Choice, 1856: A Political Portrait. n.p., 1945.

Auchampaugh, Philip Gerald. James Buchanan, the Squire in the White House. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, c1934.

Auchampaugh, Philip Gerald. J. Glancy Jones and the Nomination of James Buchanan. Topics from American History Series, no. 1. Duluth, MN: State Teachers College, 1932.

Baker, Jean H. James Buchanan. The American Presidents Series, ed. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. New York: Times Books, 2004.

Barstow, Benjamin. A Letter to the Hon. James Buchanan, President of the United States. Concord, NH: Office of the Democratic Standard, 1857.

Binder, Frederick Moore. James Buchanan and the American Empire. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1994.

Birkner, Michael J., ed. James Buchanan and the Political Crisis of the 1850s. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1996.

Blair, Francis Preston. Republican Documents. Gen. Jackson and James Buchanan. Silver Spring, MD: n.p., 1856.

Bomberger, Christian Martin Hess. Twelfth Colony Plus; The Formative Years of Pennsylvania and a Biography of James Buchanan, Fifteenth and Only President of the United States from Pennsylvania. Jeannette, PA: Jeannette Pub. Co., 1934.

Booth, Edward Townsend. Country Life in America as Lived by Ten Presidents of the United States: John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.

Brill, Marlene Targ. James Buchanan: Fifteenth President of the United States. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1988. (For younger audiences.)

Buchanan’s Political Record: Let the South Beware! Washington, DC: National Executive Committee of the American Party, 1856.

Buchanan’s Record. Nashville, TN: Patriot Office, 1856.

Butler, Joseph Thomas. Wheatland, 1848-1868, the Home of James Buchanan. Dover, DE: University of Delaware, 1957.

Cahalan, Sally Smith. At Home with James Buchanan. Ephrata, PA: Science Press, 1989.

Cahalan, Sally Smith. James Buchanan and His Family at Wheatland. Lancaster, PA: James Buchanan Foundation, 1988.

Capen, Nahum. Plain Facts and Considerations Addressed to the People of the United States, without Distinction of Party, in Favor of James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania, for President, and John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, for Vice President. Boston: Brown, Bazin & Co., 1856.

Captain of Volunteers. Alta California: Embracing Notices of the Climate, Soil, and Agricultural Products of Northern Mexico and the Pacific Seaboard: Also, a History of the Military and Naval Operations of the United States Directed Against the Territories of Northern Mexico, in the Year 1846-1847 . . . and the Opinion of the Hon. James Buchanan on the Wilmot Proviso, &c. Philadelphia: H. Packer & Co., 1847.

Carroll, Anna Ella, and James French. Who Shall be President?: An Appeal to the People. Boston: James French & Co., 1856.

Catalogue of Pamphlets from the Library of the Late Ex-President James Buchanan: For Sale. Lancaster, PA: S. H. Zahm & Co., 1885.

Choate, Rufus. The Old-Line Whigs for Buchanan! Letters of Rufus Choate and James B. Clay. n.p., 1856.

Cluskey, M. W. Buchanan and Breckinridge: The Democratic Handbook. Washington, DC: R. A. Waters, 1856.

Collins, David R. James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. Ada, OK: Garrett Educational Corp., 1990. (For younger audiences.)

Collins, David R. James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind, 1991.

The Criterion: Containing Portraits of the Three Candidates, Facts in the Lives of Each, the Platforms of the Three Parties and the Constitution of the United States. New York: J. C. Buttre, 1856.

Curtis, George Ticknor. The Life of James Buchanan, Fifteenth President of the United States. 2 vols. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1883. [Read the Books] (Reprint, Freeport, NY: Books for the Libraries Press, 1969.)

Davis, Robert R., Jr. James Buchanan and the Suppression of the Slave Trade, 1858-1861. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1966.

Dedication of “Wheatland,” Residence of James Buchanan, Fifteenth President of the United States. Lancaster, PA: Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland, 1937.

Democratic Party. Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention: Held in Cincinnati, June 2-6, 1856. Cincinnati: Enquirer Company Steam Printing, 1856.

Democratic Party. Grand Mass Meeting of the New York Democracy, in Support of the National Administration, Held at Tammany Hall, Thursday Evening, March 4th, 1858. First Anniversary of the Inauguration of President Buchanan. New York: Baptist & Taylor, 1858.

Democratic Party. Memoir of James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: C. Sherman and Son, 1856.

Democratic Party. Democratic Ticket: Election on Tuesday November 4 1856. For President James Buchanan of Pennsylvania. For Vice-President John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky. Lynchburg, VA: Johnson Printer, 1856. (Also, Richmond, VA: Ritchie & Dunnavant, 1856.)

Donovan, Sandra. James Buchanan. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2005. (For younger audiences).

Dryden, Jr. [Waddell, Francis L.]. Old Buck’s Feast; or, The Power of Office. n.p., 1859.

Facts for the People, No. 1: The Conspiracy of Fillmore Leaders to Elect Buchanan, by Inducing Honest Men to Throw Away Upon Mr. Fillmore Votes Which Would Otherwise Be Cast Against Slavery Extension and for John C. Fremont. New York: H. F. Snowden, 1856.

Faulkner, Thomas C. Faulkner’s History of the Revolution in the Southern States Including the Special Messages of President Buchanan—the Ordinances of Secession of the Six Withdrawing States . . . etc. New York: J. F. Trow, 1861.

Gibson, Gail M., and William A. Hunter. James Buchanan. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1992.

Gillan, W. Rush. James Buchanan. A Paper. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1905.

Gillan, W. Rush. James Buchanan; Paper Read before the Kittochtinny Historical Society of Franklin County, Friday Evening, March 30, 1900, at the Residence of Dr. Chas F. Palmer, Chambersburg, Pa. Chambersburg, PA: n.p., 1900.

Harmon, George Dewey. President James Buchanan’s Betrayal of Governor Robert J. Walker of Kansas. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1929.

Heathcote, C. W. James Buchanan: Distinguished Pennsylvanian, President United States, 1857-1861; Interpretation Based on the Documents of His Life and Public Services. West Chester, PA: n.p., c1940.

Henry, James Buchanan, ed. The Messages of President Buchanan, with an Appendix Containing Sundry Letters from Members of His Cabinet at the Close of His Presidential Term, etc. New York: n.p., 1888.

Hensel, William U. The Attitudes of James Buchanan, a Citizen of Lancaster County, towards the Institution of Slavery in the United States, a Paper Prepared for and Read before the Lancaster County Historical Society. Lancaster, PA: New Era Printing Co., 1911.

Hensel, William U. Buchanan’s Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion: A Paper Read Before the Cliosophic Society, Lancaster, Pa., January, 24, 1908. Lancaster, PA: n.p., 1908.

Hensel, William U. James Buchanan as a Lawyer. Lancaster, PA: n.p., 1912.

Hensel, William U. James Buchanan as a Lawyer: An Address before the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 28, 1912. Philadelphia, PA: n.p., c1912.

Hensel, William U. A Pennsylvania Presbyterian President: An Inquiry into the Religious Sentiments and Character of James Buchanan, Fifteenth President of the United States, 1857-1861. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Social Union, 1907.

Hensel, William U. The Religious Convictions and Character of James Buchanan Fifteenth President of the United States – A Citizen of Lancaster County – A Member of the Presbyterian Church. Lancaster, PA: Intelligencer Print, 1912.

Hillman, Franklin Powell. The Diplomatic Career of James Buchanan. Washington, DC: The George Washington University, 1971.

Hopkins, Edward Augustus. Historico-Political Memorial upon the Regions of the Rio de la Plata and Conterminous Countries, to James Buchanan, President of the United States. New York: Pudney & Russell, 1858.

Horton, Rushmore G. Life and Public Services of James Buchanan: Late Minister to England and Formerly Minister to Russia, Senator and Representative in Congress, and Secretary of State, Including the Most Important of His State Papers, with an Accurate Portrait on Steel. New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. [Read the Book] (Reprint, Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1971.)

Horton, Rushmore G. Life and Public Services of James Buchanan: President of the United States; Including His Inaugural Address, and the Most Important of His State Papers. New York: Derby & Jackson, 1857. (Reprints, 1858 and 1860.)

Hoyt, Edwin Palmer. James Buchanan. Chicago: Reilly & Lee Co., 1966. (For younger audiences.)

Hunter, William A., and Donald H. Kent. James Buchanan. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1966.

Hyatt, Thaddeus. The Prayer of Thaddeus Hyatt to James Buchanan President of the United States, in Behalf of Kansas, Asking for a Postponement of All the Land Sales in that Territory, and for Other Relief; Together with Correspondence and Other Documents Setting Forth Its Deplorable Destitution from the Drought and Famine. Submitted under Oath, October 29, 1860. Washington, DC: H. Polkinhorn, 1860.

Irelan, John Robert. History of the Life, Administration and Times of James Buchanan, Fifteenth President of the United States: Great Border Dissensions, and Beginning of the War for the Union, vol. 15, The Republic: Or, A History of the United States of America in the Administrations, from the Monarchic Colonial Days to the Present Times. Chicago, Fairbanks and Palmer, 1888.

Jackson, Ronald Vern, Altha Polson, and Shirley Pearl Jackson. James Buchanan Ancestry. Bountiful, UT: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1980.

James Buchanan, His Doctrines and Policy: As Exhibited by Himself and Friends. New York: Greeley & McElrath, 1856.

Jerome, C. Life of James Buchanan. Claremont, NH: Tracy, Kenney & Co., 1856.

Joseph, Paul. James Buchanan. Edina, MN: Abdo Pub. Co., 2000. (For younger audiences.)

Kendall, Amos. Secession Letters of Amos Kendall: Also, His Letters to Colonel Orr and President Buchanan. Washington, DC: H. Polkinhorn, 1861.

King, Horatio. Turning on the Light. A Dispassionate Survey of President Buchanan’s Administration, from 1860 to Its Close. Including a Biographical Sketch of the Author, Eight Letters from Mr. Buchanan Never Before Published, and Numerous Miscellaneous Articles. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1895. [Read the Book]

Klein, Philip Shriver. President James Buchanan: A Biography. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1962. (Reprint, Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1987; Newtown, CT: American Political Biography Press, 1995.)

Klein, Philip Shriver. The Story of Wheatland. Lancaster, PA: The Junior League of Lancaster, 1936.

Lassieur, Allison. James Buchanan: America’s 15th President. New York: Children’s Press, 2004. (For younger audiences.)

Levin, Lewis C. The Union Safe!: The Contest Between Fillmore and Buchanan!: Fremont Crushed! n.p., 1856.

The Life of the Hon. James Buchanan, as Written by Himself: And Set to Music by an Old Democrat: To the Tune of “Poor Old Horse Let Him Die.” Lancaster, Near Wheatland: n.p., 1856.

Lives of James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge, Democratic Candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the United States, with the Platforms of the Three Political Parties in the Presidential Canvass of 1856. Cincinnati: H. W. Derby & Co., 1856.

McMurty, Robert Gerald. James Buchanan in Kentucky, 1813. Elizabethtown, KY: Hardin County Historical Society, 1934. (Reprint, 1998.)

Memorial. Impeachment of James Buchanan President of the United States. New York: n.p., 1860.

Moore, John Bassett, ed. The Works of James Buchanan, Comprising His Speeches, State Papers, and Private Correspondence. 12 vols. Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1908-1911. [Read the Books] (Reprint, New York: Antiquarian Press, 1960.)

Munro, Ken. Fire, Smoke, and Secrets. Lancaster, PA: Gaslight Publishers, 2002. (For younger audiences.)

Muscalus, John Anthony. Album of Types of Paintings and Portraits of Penn, Franklin and Buchanan on Paper Money. Bridgeport, PA: Historical Paper Money Research Institute, 1969.

Nevins, Allan. Douglas, Buchanan, and Party Chaos, vol. 2, The Emergence of Lincoln. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1950.

The New-Haven Memorial to the President, Protesting Against the Use of the United-States Army to Enforce the Bogus Laws of Kansas; the Answer of President Buchanan; and the Reply of the Memorialists. Boston: J. Wilson and Son, 1857.

North Carolinian. Brief Replies to Several Charges Against James Buchanan, Democratic Candidate for President. Washington, DC: Capital City Press, 1856.

O’Brien, Jeremiah. Overhauling the Message: Patriotism and Politics, Pensions and Postoffices: Cleveland and Buchanan Compared. Forestport: n.p., 1884.

An Ode for the Fourth of March, 1857. n.p., 1857.

Orr, Hector. Letter to Hon. James Buchanan, Occasioned by His Late Speech at Greensburg, Pa. n.p., 1855.

Pearce, James Alfred, et al. Old Line Whigs for Buchanan & Breckinridge. Letters from Hon. James Alfred Pearce, and Hon. Thomas G. Pratt, to the Whigs of Maryland. Speeches of Hon. J. W. Crisfield, of Maryland, and Hon. James B. Clay, of Kentucky. n.p., 1856.

Reeder, Andrew H. Letter from Gov. A. H. Reeder: Reasons Why a Personal and Political Friend of Mr. Buchanan Cannot Vote for Him: The Democratic Party in Favor of the Extention of Slavery! New York: Tribune Office, 1856.

Republican Party. Facts for the People: Let Freemen of the North Read and Ponder. n.p., 1856.

Republican Party. Memoir of James Buchanan of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: C. Sherman and Son, 1856.

Rice, Dan, and Joshua Peckham. Captain Dan Rice, the Nation’s Humorist, on Buchanan’s Cabinet, as Sung in Washington City, on the Occasion of the Inauguration. Salem, MA: Joshua Peckham, 1857.

Richardson, James D. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Prepared under the Direction of the Joint Committee on Printing, of the House and the Senate . . . (with Additions and Encyclopedic Index by Private Enterprise), vol 7. New York: Bureau of National Literature, 1897.

Rosenberger, Homer Tope, and Marion Wallace Reninger. Protecting the Buchanan Papers. Lancaster, PA: Lancaster County Historical Society, 1968.

Sanders, George Nicholas. George N. Sanders to President Buchanan. New York: privately printed, 1860.

Santella, Andrew. James Buchanan. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2004. (For younger audiences.)

Scott, Winfield. State Secrets for the People. The Private Letters of Lieut.-General Scott, and the Reply of Ex-President Buchanan. New York: Hamilton, Johnson, & Farrelly, 1862.

Short Answers to Reckless Fabrications, Against the Democratic Candidate for President, James Buchanan. Philadelphia: W. Rice, 1856.

Sloan, Irving J, ed. James Buchanan, 1791-1868; Chronology, Documents, Bibliographical Aids. Presidential Chronology Series. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1968.

Smith, Elbert B. The Presidency of James Buchanan. American Presidency Series. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1975.

Souter, Gerry and Janet Souter. James Buchanan: Our Fifteenth President. Chanhassen, MN: Child’s World, 2002. (For younger audiences.)

Stanton, Edwin McMasters, and F. Lauriston Bullard. The Diary of a Public Man, and A Page of Political Correspondence, Stanton to Buchanan. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1946.

Steins, Richard. Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Corp., 1997. (For younger audiences.)

Stern, Milton. America's Bachelor President and the First Lady. Baltimore: PublishAmerica, 2004.

Stoddard, William Osborn. The Lives of the Presidents: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. New York: F. A. Stokes & Brother, 1888.

Tinelli, L. W. Fremont, Buchanan and Fillmore; or, The Parties Called to Order. New York: Livermore & Rudd, 1856.

Underhill, Edward F. The Life and Public Services of Hon. James Buchanan, of Pennsylvania. New York: Livermore & Rudd, 1856.

United States, Congress, Senate. Arrangements for the Inauguration of the President Elect on the Fourth of March, 1857. Washington, DC: n.p., 1857.

Updike, John. Buchanan Dying; A Play. New York: Knopf, 1974.

Venezia, Mike. James Buchanan: Fifteenth President, 1857-1861. New York: Children's Press, 2005. (For younger audiences.)

Ward, Charles. Letters Addressed to Hon. James Buchanan, President of the United States, January 10th and 16th, 1861: On the Impending Crisis of the Country, Denying Secession, Advocating Measures to Secure Tortugas, Key West and Fortress Monroe. Salem, MA: Salem Gazette, 1866.

West, Lucy Fisher. Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the James Buchanan Papers. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1974.

West, Lucy Fisher, ed. James Buchanan Papers at Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1974.

Wheatland Centennial Celebration: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Election of James Buchanan 15th President of the United States 1856-1956. n.p., 1956.

Wise, W. Harvey, and John W. Cronin. A Bibliography of Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Washington, DC: Riverford Pub. Co, 1935.

Young, Jeff C. James Buchanan. Berkeley Heights, NJ: MyReportLinks.com Books, 2003. (For younger audiences.)

Young Men’s Fremont and Dayton Central Union. The New “Democratic” Doctrine. Slavery Not to be Confined to the Negro Race, but to be Made the Universal Condition of the Laboring Classes of Society. The Supporters of this Doctrine Vote for Buchanan! New York: J. W. Oliver, 1856.