Benjamin Franklin Buchanan
|Benjamin Franklin Buchanan|
|21st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
February 1, 1918 – February 1, 1922
|Preceded by||James Taylor Ellyson|
|Succeeded by||Junius Edgar West|
|Born||October 4, 1857
Smyth County, Virginia
|Died||February 21, 1932
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Fairman Sheffey Buchanan|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
Benjamin Franklin Buchanan (October 4, 1857 – February 21, 1932) was an American politician who served as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1918 to 1922.
Buchanan was born in Smyth County, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1880. He also received an LL.B. from the University of Virginia in 1884. On March 2, 1887 Buchanan married Eleanor Fairman Sheffey. They had four sons and three daughters.
Buchanan practiced law in Marion and Abingdon. He also served as general counsel to the office of the United States comptroller of the currency from 1915 to 1921. He served several terms in the Senate of Virginia representing Smyth and Washington Counties, where he became one of the General Assembly's foremost authorities on taxation.
In 1917 Buchanan, a Democrat, won election as lieutenant governor of Virginia. He served from February 1, 1918 to February 1, 1922.
Buchanan died of a heart attack on February 21, 1932 in Richmond, where he was attending a session of the General Assembly. He was buried in Round Hill Cemetery in Marion. In 1934 the General Assembly designated the road that became state highway 16 in Smyth County the B. F. Buchanan Highway.
James Taylor Ellyson
|Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Junius Edgar West
- John T. Kneebone et al., eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 1998– ), 2:366–367.
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