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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.”

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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