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James Paul BUCHANAN

(1867-1937)

BUCHANAN, James Paul, (cousin of Edward William Pou), a Representative from Texas; born in Midway, Orangeburg County, S.C., April 30, 1867; moved to Texas in 1867 with his parents, who settled near Chapel Hill, Washington County; attended the district school; graduated from the law department of the University of Texas, Austin, Tex.,1889; admitted to the bar; lawyer, private practice; justice of the peace of Washington County, Tex., 1889-1892; prosecuting attorney, 1892-1899; district attorney for the twenty-first judicial district of Texas, 1899-1906; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1906-1913; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Albert Sidney Burleson; reelected to the Sixty-fourth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (April 15, 1913-February 22, 1937); chair, Committee on Appropriations (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses); died on February 22, 1937, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Tex.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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