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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JAMES A. J. BUCHANAN, attorney at law, was born in Greene County, Penn., February 8, 1824, and is a son of Andrew and Rhonda (Stephenson) Buchanan.  His mother was born in New Jersey and his father in Chester County, Penn.  They were of Scotch-Irish extraction.  His father, who was a prominent attorney, came to Waynesburg in 1803, where he practiced law until his death in 1848.  In 1832 and ’33 he was a member of the State Legislature; and from 1836 to 1839 he served as a member of Congress.  He served as county commissioner of Greene County when he received fifteen dollars for his services.  The subject of this sketch was next to the youngest in a family of eleven children. He was educated in the Greene Academy at Carmichaels and at Washington College.  At the age of twenty he commenced the study of law in his father’s office, and in 1845 was admitted to the Greene County bar.  In 1855 he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Buchanan, who is a Democrat, is member of the I. O. O. F., and a Sir Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity.  He was married in this county to Miss Mary A., daughter of Daniel Boner.  Mrs. Buchanan is of Scotch origin.  Of their six children only two are living—Harriet, wife of William T Lantz, cashier of the Farmers’ and Drovers’ Bank of Waynesburg; and Mary A., wife of Daniel S. Walton, Esq., attorney at law of Waynesburg.


Page 652-653
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 11 November 2008
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