All manner of theories exist as to why Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, has produced only one president – James Buchanan.
Some attribute it to the undercutting of promising favorite sons by their own jealous colleagues and others to the dominant concern of governors and senators being to protect the state’s vital manufacturing interests.
Gov. Samuel Pennypacker wrote that his prospects for a presidential run at the turn of the 20th century fizzled when he enacted a newspaper libel or “muzzle law” and the newspapers of the state turned against him. READ MORE »