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    Among the old and honored citizens of Piqua, Ohio, none is held in higher esteem than the gentlemen whose name introduces this sketch. Almost his entire life has been passed in Miami county, and he has been prominently identified with its educational and business interests, now serving as notary public and real estate, insurance and pension agent, with office at No. 309 North Downing street, while his home is at No. 619 Park avenue, Piqua.

    According to tradition, the Buchanan family to which our subject belongs, is of Scotch origin, and was founded in this country by three brothers, who came to America at an early day, William locating in Pennsylvania, James in Virginia, and either John or George in Tennessee. Our subject's grandfather, Colonel George Buchanan, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, not far from the Natural bridge, April 23, 1781 and was the fourth son of Colonel James and Isabel (Hall) Buchanan. On June 23, 1803, he married Nancy Cassady, of the same county and state. Their son, James Harvey Buchanan, father of our subject, was born December 20, 1804, in Deerfield, Warren County, Ohio, near Lebanon, while his wife, Mrs. Joanna (Hall) Buchanan, was born November 1, 1799, in Newberry district, South Carolina, and was a daughter of William and Mary (Cammack) Hall, of that place.

    William W. V. Buchanan was born in Butler township, Montgomery county, Ohio, September 15, 1826, but was reared in Miami county, where he attended the district schools. His education was completed at the Lebanon Normal, then conducted by Professor A. Holbrook, a noted educator of that day. After leaving school he began teaching and successfully followed that pursuit in Piqua and vicinity for a period of twenty-five years, during which time he read law, but at present he is engaged largely in the real estate, insurance and pension business. He also makes collections and places loans.

    On the 27th of December, 1849, Mr. Buchanan was united in marriage with Miss Phoebe Dye, of Miami county, a daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Bousman) Dye. By this union were born the following children: Alvin C., a rising attorney of Piqua, Ohio; James D., a farmer of Spring Creek township; Belle C., wife of H. J. Evans; Frank, of Dayton, Ohio, and Lulu, at home.

    At state and national elections Mr. Buchanan always affiliates with the Democratic party, having cast his first presidential vote for Martin Van Buren, in 1848, his last for William J. Bryan, in 1896. He has generally taken quite an active and prominent part in public affairs, and has, done much to inspire the success of his party in his community. In 1875 he was elected mayor of Piqua, and most acceptably filled that office for one term. He has also served as justice of the peace six years and notary public many years. In all the relations of life he has been found true to every trust reposed in him, and merits and receives the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens in a marked degree.

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