James Buchanan was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 1791. He was the second of 11 children born to James Buchanan, Sr., a businessman and native of Ireland, and Elizabeth Speer Buchanan. Buchanan grew up on his father’s frontier trading post in Stony Batter, near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Although Anne Caroline Coleman became his fiancé in 1819, gossip caused Anne to break the engagement, and she committed suicide one week later. He never married.
Father: James Buchanan
Mother: Elizabeth Speer Buchanan
Married: Never married. The White House hostess was his niece
Buchanan was born on April 23, 1791, in a log cabin at CoveGap, a few miles outside Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. His father was JamesBuchanan, sr. (1761-1821) and his mother was Elizabeth Speer Buchanan(1767-1833).