University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the United States Department of State Letter, 1845



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Buchanan, James
Creator: United States Department of State
Title: United States Department of State Letter
Dates: 1845
Abstract: James Buchanan, Jr. (1791–1868) was the fifteenth President of the United States from 1857–1861. The letter from Buchanan to Charles A. Wickliffe gives instructions on procedures to follow to effect Texas annexation, March 27, 1845.
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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).


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868--Archives.
Wickliffe, C. A. (Charles Anderson), 1788-1869--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Department of State--Archives.
Subjects
Legislators -- United States -- Correspondence
Places
Texas--Annexation to the United States
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846
United States -- Politics and government -- 1841-1845

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

United States Department of State Letter, 1845, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R275 Letter of James Buchanan to Charles A. Wickliffe, March 27, 1845