Early Evansville Portraits And Biographies
From History of Vanderburgh County, Indiana
by Brant & Fuller

Cicero Buchanan

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CICERO BUCHANAN, Attorney at Law, was born on a farm near Vevay, Switzerland County, Ind., November 23, 1848, and is the son of Col. Jacob S. and Julia A. (Sauvain) Buchanan.

He received a collegiate education, graduating from Eureka College, at Eureka, Ill., in 1869. He then began the study of law in the office of his father in Evansville, and was admitted to practice in 1871. In the following year he went to Oregon, where he practiced his profession one year, being associated with the firm of Mitchell & Dolph, of Portland. The senior member of this firm was the well-known United States senator from Oregon.

Returning to Evansville, Mr. Buchanan entered the practice again at this place, where he has since remained. He is the junior member of the firm of Buchanan & Buchanan, whose extensive practice embraces many important cases in the district, state, and federal courts. His familiarity with the law, and his abilities as a speaker, have given him a prominent place among the ablest members of the Evansville bar.

In politics he is a staunch republican and by his brilliancy and effectiveness as a public speaker, has largely contributed to the success of that party for many years past. Being selected as the republican candidate for presidential elector for the first district of Indiana, in 1888, he canvassed the district in a most vigorous and telling manner. He was pitted in joint discussion against one of the ablest exponents of democratic doctrines - Judge S. B. Vance - and in a masterly way, with convincing logic and a happy style of presentation, handled the abstruse questions which formed the issues of the campaign. Everywhere his power as an orator and debater was recognized, and left a lasting influence.

The spirit of progress is one of his possessions. Every wise effort to advance the public good finds in him an earnest friend and supporter. He takes an active interest in the work of temperance. and the betterment of the moral condition of the community. In the Masonic fraternity he has attained exalted rank, being eminent commander of LaValette commandery, K.T. He was married September 2, 1874, to Miss Ann, daughter of Francis Allen, a pioneer citizen of this city. To this union two children have been born.