President James Buchanan’s birthday

James Buchanan

President James Buchanan (1857-1861), sometimes known as the “bachelor president,” celebrates his birthday today,  April 23. Buchanan entered an increasingly divisive political climate that eventually led to the civil war.

We have one item in our collections relating to the former president. A letter to Sam Houston discussing the capture of an American ship captain.  The Texas Senator and two time Governor Sam Houston was his contemporary and sometime correspondent.


This letter is part of the Sam Houston related papers collection housed in the Thomason Room and available to view online at

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About effietothetrot

Felicia Williamson is the Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston State University. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BA in History and German in 2003 and of Louisiana State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. She currently resides in Huntsville, TX with her husband James Williamson. She enjoys historical dramas, throwing lavish theme parties, and the accordion.

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