What major event occurred during the presidency of James Buchanan?
The lame duck period of the president is the period that the current president knows that he will not be reelected, during the lame duck period of the Buchanan presidency the South seceded from the United states without effort from Buchanan to stop it. Buchanan stated that as president he had no constitutional right to stop it. Buchanan's otherwise uncontroversial presidency was badly marred by his lack of effort to stop the South from seceding.
The 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan retired from political life after his presidency ended. He returned to Pennsylvania, where he remained at his home, Wheatland. He gradually began to experience health problems, due to his advancing age. He died of respiratory failure in 1868, at age 77.
After his presidency, James Buchanan returned to his home, Wheatland, which is located in Lancaster, PA. There, in 1866, Buchanan published Mr Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion, the first published presidential memoir, in which he defended his actions; the day before his death he predicted that "history will vindicate my memory."