American Presidents: Life Portraits Exhibit
9-12 Grade Student Activity
Meet the 15th president!
James Buchanan was the only president to remain a bachelor. About his broken engagement, Buchanan wrote, "life now presents to me a dreary _______."
In the picture it looks as if President Buchanan
is about to say something. Consider his struggle
to separate his personal tragedy from
his professional life. From his experiences, what advice or warnings might he offer to someone who asked?
How does this relate to the experiences of modern presidents?