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From the 1887 History of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 626-627:

Dr. J. Robert Buchanan

(Physician and Surgeon, Nevada).

   Doubtless one of the greatest causes of Dr. Buchanan's professional success is due to the excellent educational advantages which he enjoyed in growing up--opportunities of inestimable value to any calling in life when property improved.  Reared in a commonwealth of good schools, he supplemented his primary education with an attendance at the Northwestern Christian (now Butler) University, at Indianapolis, Ind., following which he went to Pike county, Mo., in 1865.  In 1866 he took up the study of medicine at Indianapolis under Dr. R. T. Brown, with whom he read for some time, but his preparatory studies were completed under Dr. J. S. Linn, of Pike county, whose own thoroughness and efficiency in the practice of medicine enabled him to give his pupil superior instruction.  Later young Buchanan attended the St. Louis Medical College and completed his course in 1872, graduating in that year thoroughly fitted to commence at once the practice of his profession.  This he did, opening an office at Clarksville, where he remained until locating at Nevada in 1881.  Since then he has drawn around him a good patronage, and it is a fact that no obstacle which human exertion could overcome has prevented him from administering to the wants of the afflicted when called upon to do so.  Dr. Buchanan was born in Trimble county, Ky., May 12, 1845, and was the youngest of eight children in the family of his parents, Evan and Lucinda (Bryan) Buchanan, both Kentuckians by birth.  The former remained in the Blue Grass State engaged in farming until 1850, when he moved to Montgomery county, Mo., and there he died in November, 1885.  Mrs. Buchanan, his wife, had seven brothers, and five of them were physicians.  She died in Montgomery county December 29, 1856.  Perhaps it is not to be wondered at, therefore, that the subject of this sketch should leave the home farm where he was brought up to enter upon a professional life inasmuch as so many of his uncles devoted themselves to the science of medicine.  At any rate the wisdom of his choice has been manifested in more recent years.  In 1876, Dr. B. Married Miss Ella V. Hicks, of Tennessee, whose death occurred in 1880, and in 1883 Miss Emma L. Ritchey, of Illinois, became his second wife.  The Doctor is a member of the A. O. U. W.


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