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 http://digital.library.shsu.edu/cdm/search/searchterm/Sam%20Houston%20Related%20Papers/mode/exact