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    W. W. V.BUCHANAN, a venerable and highly respected citizen of Piqua, Ohio, now living in retirement, was for many years prominently identified with the affairs of this vicinity.

    He was at one time mayor of the city, and was magistrate in Washington Township for more than a quarter of a century. He was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, September 15, 1826, and was about six months old when his parents moved to Newberry Township, Miami County.

    Mr. Buchanan was reared in Newberry Township, and after the district schools attended Lebanon Normal School when it was organized in 1856. He was then engaged for seven years in teaching and in 1849 moved to Piqua, where he taught in the public schools continuously until 1872. In that year he embarked in the insurance business, in which he attained high success. He was elected mayor of Piqua in 1875 and served as such one term, and in the meanwhile was made magistrate of Washington Township. A scholarly and capable business man, imbued with the proper public spirit, he has always been a leader in the matter of public improvements and a supporter of enterprises and measures tending to add to the material prosperity of the community.

    In 1849 Mr. Buchanan was joined in marriage with Miss Phoebe Dye, a daughter of Andrew Dye, and they have five children living. The eldest of them, A.C.Buchanan, is a well known lawyer of Piqua. He was born October 9, 1850, and was reared to maturity in Piqua. He is a graduate of the Piqua High School and of the Normal school at Lebanon. After leaving the latter institution he engaged in teaching in the Troy schools, and in the meanwhile prosecuted the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1877, and has since been engaged in practice with unqualified success, During his school days he studied civil engineering with a view to making that his life work and he has followed that profession more or less since. He was married in 1874 to Miss Anna Belle Shoemaker, a daughter of David Shoemaker, now, deceased. Mrs. Buchanan also is a graduate of the high school at Piqua.

    Mr. Buchanan was the organizer and first president of the Piqua Memorial Association organized for the purpose of perpetuating Memorial Day.

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