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James Buchanan Statue.

Statue #15: James Buchanan

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Judged by historians to be one of America's worst Presidents, James Buchanan (1857-1861) dithered while the southern states became the Confederate States, leading to the Civil War. His bronze statue depicts him as an odd-looking guy, with an aged kewpie doll face and hair, tilted head, and Charlie Chaplain pants and feet. His pose, with hands behind his back, displays timidity, and in his hands he holds a rolled-up piece of paper, possibly an executive order that he never had the courage to issue.

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In his memoirs, Buchanan wrote that one of his few regrets as President was that Congress prevented him from invading Cuba.

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City of Presidents

Since 2000, Rapid City has commissioned and installed bronze statues of every former U.S. President on its downtown street corners. Visitors are encouraged to take a walking tour of the City of Presidents and inspect the nation's metallic Commanders in Chief. Paper guides are available year-round at the city's main Visitor Center at 512 Main St.

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Also see: America's Street Corner Presidents

Statue #15: James Buchanan

Address:
900 Main St., Rapid City, SD
Directions:
Downtown. Northwest corner of Main and 9th Sts.
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