Celebrity Doppelgangers: James Buchanan and Toby Jones

buchanan and jones

Another unlikely set of look-alikes are Pennsylvanian born James Buchanan and UK-born Toby Jones.

James Buchanan, son of James Buchanan Sr. & Elizabeth Speer, was born April 23, 1791 in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania. James Buchanan Senior was born in Blairlush, Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland.

He became the 15th President of the United States–the only U.S. president from Pennsylvania, and the only president to remain a bachelor throughout his lifetime.  He died in 1868 in Lancaster, PA.

James Buchanan attended Dickinson College where he graduated in 1809 (reportedly he was nearly suspended for bad behavior). He studied Law in Lancaster PA and in 1812 was admitted to the PA bar. During the War of 1812 he participated in the Defense of Baltimore MD.  Before becoming president, he was a member of the PA House of Representatives, then the U.S. House of Representatives (serving 5 consecutive terms). He was envoy to Russia under President Andrew Jackson in 1832. In 1834 he was elected to the United States Senate (as a Democrat), and in 1845 served as President James K. Polk’s secretary of state. In 1852 he ran for president and lost to Franklin Pierce, but finally won the U.S. presidential election in 1856.

Toby Edward Heslewood Jones, son of Freddie & Jennifer (Heslewood) Jones, and grandson of Charles Edward & Ida Elizabeth (Goodwin) Jones, was born 7 September 1966 in Hammersmith, London, England.  He studied drama and has been working as an actor from 1992 to present.

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