Mathew Brady / Library of Congress

James Buchanan

An early Daguerreotype of James Buchanan, taken by famed photographer Mathew Brady between 1850 and 1870.  Buchanan was president from 1857 until 1861, just before the Civil War started. He was succeeded by Abraham Lincoln. 

Image from the U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.  (LC-BH82101-6628)

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