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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to John Letcher re: explaining his opposition to War of 1812

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06771.01 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1848/04/24 Pagination: 2 p. 25 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Explaining his opposition, as "a student of law & a very young man," to the declaration of war against Great Britain at the beginning of the War of 1812, which "however, did not prevent me from sustaining the war... as an individual and as a member of the Legislature of Pennsylvania." Letcher was serving as a Democratic delegate for president and seeking information. Buchanan was not nominated in 1848 (Polk was)

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentElectionGovernment and CivicsPoliticsLawMilitary HistoryWar of 1812Global History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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