Four Presidents & A Constitution

Four Presidents & A Constitution

On Thursday, November 2, join LancasterHistory as we welcome author David Fisher to discuss how the four United States presidents who served between 1850 – 1865, including James Buchanan, viewed their obligation to the United States’ Constitution.

All American Presidents are sworn into office with an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,” but interpretations of that obligation have varied from one executive to another. How should history view the presidents who served between 1850 – 1865, including their successes and failures, in the context of various constitutional provisions, such as its clauses and amendments? Is there a “higher law” than the Constitution and, if so, when should it be invoked? Author David Fisher will discuss these various Constitutional interpretations in the context of the four presidents who served between 1850 and 1865, including James Buchanan.

Author David Fisher

David Fisher is the author of the Presidential Chronicles, a series of books and videos on American history as seen through the lives of the Presidents of the United States. Fisher has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He has held multiple positions in his life, including that of a play-by-play announcer and computer systems analyst. He has also worked for a variety of high-level government offices, such as the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Department of Defense. He currently works as a Risk Solutions Lead at Guidehouse, a public sector and commercial market consulting service provider, in Washington, D.C. Presidential Chronicles is his first book series.


This event is expected to take place in person at LancasterHistory on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Doors open and the reception begins at 5pm. The lecture will begin at 5:30pm. The lecture will also be livestreamed to Zoom at 5:30pm for those who wish to join us virtually.

This program is free and open to the public. In-person attendance requires advance registration in order to guarantee a seat. Due to capacity restrictions, tickets may not be available at the door. Virtual attendance requires advance registration in order to receive the Zoom link. Register online by clicking the appropriate link below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Registration will close online on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm. The online version of this program will also be recorded and uploaded to LancasterHistory’s YouTube channel after the event.



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In-Person Event Lecture Online/Virtual Event Reception

November 2, 2023 In-Person at LancasterHistory & Online via Zoom 5PM Reception | 5:30PM Lecture FREE | Registration Required