Turning to the law as career, Buck studied further, was admitted to the bar in 1867, and commenced practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. He served as member of the school board of New Orleans for many years and was city attorney from 1880 to 1884.
Buck was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 - March 4, 1897). He declined to be a candidate for re-election in 1896, resuming the practice of law. He was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of New Orleans in 1896 and again 1904. He served as member of the supreme court board of examiners for admission to the bar 1898-1900.