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June 1859: President James Buchanan visits the University of North Carolina


Wednesday, the first of June 1859, was hot and dry in Chapel Hill The University’s annual commencement exercises had already been going on for two days, and the morning’s program was just winding up when a large party of visitors, tired and covered with dust, arrived from Raleigh. This party included James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. (North Carolina Miscellany)

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