10) The extravagance of the Buchanan administration, the resulting debt and related borrowing, and the antebellum organization of the government's finances forced the new administration to jettison the antiquated system they inherited.
32) This process began during the Buchanan administration.
Rather than moderation, the Buchanan administration initiated a "flood of innovations," according to Philip Klein.
During its four years in office, the Buchanan administration enacted six different "emergency" loans to pay ordinary government expenses.
Historians such as Warren Howard and more recently Don Fehrenbacher have pointed to the political context that prompted the Buchanan administration to take additional measures to strengthen the Africa Squadron.
While the Buchanan administration tried to vindicate American activities against the illegal slave trade, it also sought to distance itself from proslavery extremism in domestic politics that advocated reviving the African slave trade.
By the end of 1858 the Buchanan administration faced a triple threat: British diplomatic pressure, growing domestic fears of a virtual reopening of the slave trade, and a Republican party gaining strength in the face of proslavery extremism and the accusation that the administration was simply unable to enforce the slave-trade law itself.