Johnston, Harriet Lane, 1927, Biographical Sketch
PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN having been separated from the fiancee of his early years through a cruel misunderstanding which eventually caused her sudden death—probably by suicide; and true to her memory in the forty-four years that passed before his own death, the President took to the White House with him Harriet Lane, the orphaned daughter of one of his sisters whom he had reared, and who became one of the most admired mistresses who has ever graced the Executive Mansion. It was she who acted as hostess to the Prince of Wales (later King Edward) on the occasion of his visit to the White House, and whose violet eyes and blonde beauty won from the future king, expressions of admiration. Subsequently Miss Lane married Henry Elliott Johnston, of Baltimore.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 16.
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