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Presidential Pathways: James Buchanan Burial Place

Following his presidency, James Buchanan retired to his house in Lancaster, Pa.  While living at Wheatland, Buchanan wrote his memoir Mr. Buchanan’s Administration on the Eve of Rebellion.  He continued living in the house until his death from respiratory failure on June 1, 1868.  The funeral procession went from Wheatland to Woodward Hill Cemetery, where he is interred.

An overview of Buchanan’s grave. The curbside marker reads: “Monument replaced and gravesite restored by the Pilot Club of Lancaster, 1960. Landscaped in memory of Pilot Club member Dorothy Bender Nystrom, 2000.”

An overview of Buchanan’s grave.

Buchanan is the nation’s only bachelor president.

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