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Buchanan, Walter S.
Birth Year : 1882
Death Year : 1939
Walter S. Buchanan was hired as president of Kentucky State University (K-State) in 1912, but he never arrived at the school; therefore, Green P. Russell was hired in his place. W. S. Buchanan was born in Troy, AL, the son of Frederick and Harriet Buchanan (Artis) [sources: 1900 and 1910 U.S. Federal Census]. When hired by K-State, W. S. Buchanan was serving as the second president of Alabama A & M College (now Alabama A & M University), his tenure was 1909-1921. The first president of Alabama A & M was William H. Councill, who served from 1890 until his death in 1909. His son-in-law was Walter S. Buchanan, who was married to Councill's daughter, Ida. The couple is listed in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census as living on the Alabama A & M campus along with several family members. In 1912, though Buchanan had applied to be president of K- State and he had accepted the position, it was much too difficult for him to leave Alabama A & M. One of the reasons being the continued fight for funding for Alabama A & M to continue to exist as a college. One funding battle being the fight for the school to receive Smith-Lever funding [see online United States v. State of Alabama]. "When Buchanan became president he inherited a campus with twenty-two buildings including classrooms, dormitories, and shops. Buchanan also inherited a deficit in the school's budget. The state budget was $4,000 with a federal sum of $11,000. The two budgets totaled $15,000, about $5,000 short of the college's needs for annual expenses." - - [source: p.13 of the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, NPS Form 10-900 (Rev. 10-90), Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, 11/20/2001 (online .pdf)]. In 1919, Alabama A & M was downgraded to a junior college, and in 1921, Buchanan resigned. W. S. Buchanan was a 1907 graduate of Harvard College where he earned a B.A.S, and he received an honorary degree from Selma University in 1911 [source: "Life directors, life and active members, Alabama" N. E. A. Bulletin, September 1917, vol.6, no.1, p.101]. There is no record of Walter S. Buchanan resigning from Kentucky State University in 1912, and he was never affiliated with the school after 1912. Contact Alabama A & M University Library for additional information on the tenure of Walter S. Buchanan.
Subjects: Education and Educators
Geographic Region: Troy and Normal, Alabama / Kentucky