2009-10-08 / Local & State

Buchanan Subject Of Historical Society Program

James Buchanan was born in 1791 in this log cabin where his father had a trading post at Stoney Batter along the road between Mercersburg and McConnellsburg. James Buchanan was born in 1791 in this log cabin where his father had a trading post at Stoney Batter along the road between Mercersburg and McConnellsburg. Professor Karl Reisner of Mercersburg Academy will address members and friends of the Fulton County Historical Society on “James Buchanan: A Misunderstood Leader” on Thursday evening, October 15, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the United Presbyterian Church on South Second Street, McConnellsburg.

Reisner was selected as the primary presenter to portray Buchanan on C-SPAN’s documentary series on the American presidency and feels Buchanan was a better leader than most historians believe.

Old folks told the story that Buchanan’s mother worried he might get lost as a young child growing up in the mountains around Cove Gap, so she hung a small cow bell around his neck. Throughout his life, the 15th president of the United States stopped several times at the Fulton House in McConnellsburg for lunch on his way to Bedford Springs for his summer retreat.

Reisner has given more than 300 talks on the life and times of James Buchanan, the only native Pennsylvanian to become president.

The October 15 program will be an opening event for the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival weekend in McConnellsburg. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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