Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Diplomat, Statesman, and Fifteenth President of the United States
—Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark —
Before becoming president, Buchanan served in the House of Representatives for nearly 18 years. He was Minister to Russia from 1832 to 1834, then a Senator until 1845. He declined an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Polk in 1844, serving instead as Polk's Secretary of State. In that post, helped negotiate the 1846 Oregon Treaty, which established the 49th parallel as the northern boundary of the western United States.
Hostilities in Congress over slavery, abolition, and secession made Buchanan's presidency difficult. His was plagued by financial panic and then a revolt of Mormons in 1857, which the press called the Utah War. On Buchanan's final day as president, March 4, 1861, he remarked to the incoming Lincoln, "If you are as happy entering the White House as I shall feel returning
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 55.16′ N, 77° 2.176′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 16th Street and W Street on 16th Street. Touch for map. The marker is one of three at the entrance to Meridian Hill Park at 16th street and W street in North West Washington. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Gathering Place for Washingtonians (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Henderson's Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Buchanan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meridian Hill Park (about 500 feet away); Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (about 500 feet away); Pitts Motor Hotel (about 600 feet away); Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); The Fedora (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Also see . . . Meridan Hill Park. Link appears on the marker. (Submitted on March 5, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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