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James Buchanan

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James Buchanan was the fifteenth president of the United States from 1857 to 1861 during the lead up to the Civil War. Buchanan was a Presbyterian, although he did not officially join the denomination until after leaving the presidency. In 1857, Buchanan sent the US Army to Utah to quell unrest in the territory, led at the time by Mormon governor Brigham Young. The conflict with the Mormons, which lasted from May 1857 to July 1858, was ultimately solved through negotiation.
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