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|
|Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 1st district
April 25, 1913 – January 12, 1916
|Preceded by||David C. Cummings, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||John P. Buchanan|
|Member of the Virginia Senate for Washington and Smyth|
December 6, 1893 – December 1, 1897
|Preceded by||E. L. Roberts|
|Succeeded by||Charles W. Steele|
|Born||Benjamin Franklin Buchanan
October 4, 1857
Smyth County, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||February 21, 1932
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Fairman Sheffey|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
Benjamin Franklin Buchanan (October 4, 1857 – February 21, 1932) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1918 to 1922.
Early life and education
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.
Death and legacy
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.
On March 2, 1887 Buchanan married Eleanor Fairman Sheffey. They had four sons and three daughters, including John Preston Buchanan, who succeeded Buchanan in the Senate.
- John T. Kneebone et al., eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 1998– ), 2:366–367.
|Senate of Virginia|
E. L. Roberts
|Virginia Senator for
Washington and Smyth
Charles W. Steele
David C. Cummings, Jr.
|Virginia Senator for the 1st District
John P. Buchanan
James Taylor Ellyson
|Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Junius Edgar West
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