James Buchanan Photo Gallery and related media
Buchanan with Japanese Embassy
His overseas duties enabled him to avoid becoming embroiled in the domestic conflict over slavery. That isolation, which ended when he was elected president in 1856, contributed to the failure of his administration.
Related Photo Galleries (10)
James Buchanan(10 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of James Buchanan.
Andrew Johnson(14 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Andrew Johnson.
James K. Polk
James K. Polk(11 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of James K. Polk.
Barack Obama(18 Photos)
The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and is the first African American to hold the office.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt(20 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.
Woodrow Wilson(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Woodrow Wilson
Related Videos (10)
Lincoln's DepressionVideo Clip (2:08)
Video Clip (2:08)
Abraham Lincoln was plagued by bouts of melancholy and depression throughout his life.
The Lincoln Legacy
The Lincoln LegacyVideo Clip (3:49)
Video Clip (3:49)
President Abraham Lincoln presents his vision for America during his Second Inaugural Address, but his life is cut short by an assassin before he can bring it to fruition.
Lincoln: An American Icon
Lincoln: An American IconVideo Clip (1:23)
Video Clip (1:23)
How did the Civil War transform Lincoln's political philosophy and make his presidency one of the most iconic in history?
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of Independence
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (1:45)
Video Clip (1:45)
After the carnage at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln reaffirms his commitment to achieving freedom for all.
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:31)
Video Clip (2:31)
The Emancipation Proclamation refocuses the purpose of the Civil War to address the issue of slavery.
Lincoln the Commander in Chief
Lincoln the Commander in ChiefVideo Clip (4:56)
Video Clip (4:56)
After the Civil War, President Lincoln consoles a nation in mourning, often writing personal letters of condolence to the families of fallen Union soldiers.
The Success of Abraham Lincoln
The Success of Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (3:48)
Video Clip (3:48)
Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.
Path to the Podium: Barack Obama
Path to the Podium: Barack ObamaVideo Clip (3:19)
Video Clip (3:19)
Follow Barack Obama's political journey from his early years to the White House.
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of GettysburgVideo Clip (2:38)
Video Clip (2:38)
For three days in July 1863, Union and Confederate forces clash at Gettysburg in one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War.
The Abolitionist Movement
The Abolitionist MovementVideo Clip (3:26)
Video Clip (3:26)
In the decades before the Civil War, anti-slavery sentiment sparked an abolitionist movement that employed risky and radical tactics to bring an end to slavery.
Related Speeches & Audio (9)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term Nomination
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term NominationAudio Clip (2:08)
Audio Clip (2:08)
Broadcast from a Pacific coast naval base to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt accepts his party’s nomination for an unprecedented fourth presidential bid and speaks about postwar preparations now that victory is close at hand.
Nixon Reelected to Presidency
Nixon Reelected to PresidencyAudio Clip (1:03)
Audio Clip (1:03)
On November 7, 1972, incumbent President Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide victory over Democrat George McGovern. In a brief statement from the Oval Office, President Nixon promises to bring "peace with honor" in Vietnam and to usher in a "new era of peace" with the Soviet Union.
Chicago Seven Trial
Chicago Seven TrialAudio Clip (1:39)
Audio Clip (1:39)
During a press conference on October 14, 1969, Tom Hayden, one of the defendants in the trial of the Chicago Seven, offers his view on prosecutor Thomas Foran's most recent accusations. The Chicago Seven—Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot for their participation in the Vietnam War protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Third Inaugural Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Third Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (1:39)
Audio Clip (1:39)
The only U.S. president ever elected to a third term, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his third inaugural address on January 20, 1941. His remarks stress America’s obligation to take action during the international crisis.
Franklin D. Roosevelt on New Deal Programs
Franklin D. Roosevelt on New Deal ProgramsAudio Clip (2:25)
Audio Clip (2:25)
In his April 28, 1935, fireside chat radio broadcast, President Franklin D. Roosevelt praises the newly adopted Works Relief Program and discusses the new Social Security Act recently introduced in Congress.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (3:39)
Audio Clip (3:39)
On March 3, 1933, the newly elected president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, promises a country battered by the Great Depression a renewed prosperity, setting forth plans to put the government to work.
Obama on the Death of Ted Kennedy
Obama on the Death of Ted KennedyAudio Clip (3:01)
Audio Clip (3:01)
On August 25, 2009, after a 46-year career in the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy died of brain cancer. The next day, President Barack Obama honors "one of the nation's greatest senators."
Nixon ResignsAudio Clip (4:16)
Audio Clip (4:16)
After the revelations of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon announces to the nation on August 8, 1974, that he will resign the presidency at noon the following day.
Lyndon Johnson's Inaugural Address
Lyndon Johnson's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (2:02)
Audio Clip (2:02)
On January 20, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson began his first elected term as president of the United States. In his inaugural address, Johnson calls for the nation to unite toward a common goal.
Most Popular Videos on History.com
Keep up with the latest History shows, online features, special offers and more.Sign up