Nov 19

Issue: Presidency RSS

"Decision Points" not the first presidential memoir

Posted 3 years, 5 months ago.


President George W. Bush has been back in the news this week thanks to his new memoir ”Decision Points.”

The 43rd president is joining a long line of presidential leaders who publish a memoir in the years after they leave office. But which president wrote the first memoir and why?

For all things memoir, we defer to our friends at Mental Floss.

History has judged James Buchanan pretty harshly; most scholars rank him among the worst presidents we’ve ever had. You know who was a bit more sympathetic in his appraisal of the failed Buchanan administration, though? James Buchanan. In 1866 Buchanan published the first-ever presidential memoir, the magnificently titled Mr. Buchanan’s Administration on the Eve of Rebellion.

Read more at Mental Floss.