A Guide to the United States Department of State Letter, 1845
James Buchanan, Jr. (1791-1868) was the 15th President of the United States, serving from 1857–1861. Prior to his presidency, Buchanan represented Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives and later the Senate, and served as Secretary of State under President James K. Polk (1845-1849).
Source: About the White House: Presidents. "15. James Buchanan, 1857-1861." The White House. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamesbuchanan (accessed June 21, 2010).
The letter, March 27, 1845, from James Buchanan to Charles A. Wickliffe, who served as President James K. Polk's special envoy to Texas in 1845, gives instructions on procedures to follow to effect Texas annexation. Buchanan instructed Wickliffe to hasten to Texas in order to urge upon the Texan authorities the desirability of accepting speedily the offer of annexation.
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United States Department of State Letter, 1845, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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