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Harriet Lane

James Buchanan
Author Philip Shriver Klein on state dinners in the Buchanan White House: “Harriet’s task was perhaps the most difficult, for members of all political parties came to these dinners, and it was a matter of some delicacy to achieve the right order of precedence without seating mortal enemies next to each other...She managed her part with great cleverness and tact.”

(niece of President James Buchanan)

Born - May 18, 1830 in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Parents - Elliot Tole Lane & Jane Buchanan Lane (James Buchanan was her uncle)

Married - Janurary 11, 1866 to Henry Elliot Johnston

Children - James Buchanan (1868 – 1881),
Henry Elliot Jr. (1869 – 1882)

Post White House residence - Wheatland, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.

Died - July 3, 1903 in Narragansett, Rhode Island

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  • Miss Lane endowed a home for invalid children at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, now known as the Harriet Lane Outpatient Clinics.
  • Miss Lane donated some of her art collection to the government and funds for a statue in honor of her uncle which stands in Meridian Park in Washington, D.C.

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