There were two Presidents in the year 1861.
The first was James Buchanan. He was the 15th President of the United States. He took office on March 4, 1857 and left office on March 4, 1861.
He was then followed by Abraham Lincoln, who was the 16th President, taking office on March 4, 1861 but assassinated on April 14, 1865.
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