James Buchanan
Jack of Clubs
15th President of the United States: 1857–1861

Oil and acrylic on wood
©1995 Tina Mion
From the collection of Dr. Vicki Green, Flagstaff, AZ

Paunchy James Buchanan had little feet and took tiny quick steps when he walked. He suffered from a condition known as “wry neck,” the result of having one eye nearsighted and the other farsighted, which caused him to carry his head tilted to one side.

Buchanan was the only president who never married.

He was considered the last “doughface”; this was slang for someone who spoke one way about slavery and acted another

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