James Buchanan

30 October 1788–
Calvert, Cecil, Maryland, United States

The Life Summary of James

When James Buchanan was born on 30 October 1788, in Calvert, Cecil, Maryland, United States, his father, John Buchanan, was 31 and his mother, Susanna Starr, was 28.

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Family Time Line

John Buchanan
1757–1821
Susanna Starr
1760–1791
Mary Buchanan
1787–
James Buchanan
1788–
Phoebe Buchanan
1790–
Susanna Buchanan
1791–1827

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World Events (3)

1789
Age 1
George Washington elected first president of United States.
1789 · The United States Constitution
Age 1
Originally comprising seven articles, the United States Constitution is the backbone of the law in the Nation. The first three articles talk about the separation of powers, dividing the government into three branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Articles Four, Five and Six describe the what each state governments have rights to do, how the states and the federal government should act in their relationship, and how the constitutional amendments are shared between all states. The Seventh Article explains and establishes the procedure used by the thirteen States to ratify it. It is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times, including an amendment to repeal a previous one.
1791
Age 3
Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

Name Meaning

Scottish (western Scotland): habitational name from Buchanan in Stirlingshire, perhaps named with Gaelic buth chanain ‘house of the canon’.Irish: adopted for Ó Buadhachanáin, see Bohannon .History: This is the name of a Scottish clan associated with lands on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond and in the Lennox. — The name Buchanan was brought independently to North America from Scotland by several different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. George Buchanan came to MD in 1698. — James Buchanan (1791–1868), 15th President of the US (1857–61), was born near Mercersburg, PA, the son of a successful land speculator and store keeper, who had emigrated to PA from Scotland in 1783.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Buchannon
Buckhanan
Bohannon
Buchanon
Buchannan

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  • James Buchannan, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"

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