FRANKLIN S. BUCHANAN, a popular citizen of Mingo, has been associated with the boot and shoe trade there since 1884. He was born July 16, 1844, the son of Samuel and Mary (Coyer) Buchanan. His father, a native of England, came to America as a British soldier in the war of 1812, and after peace was declared, being stationed in Canada, he left the army and became a citizen of the United States. He made his home at Brattleboro, Vt., where he followed the trade of shoemaker. In 1839 he was married to Mary Coyer, a native of Canada, and they had nine children, of whom the subject of this mention is the only survivor. In 1853 the parents removed to Chicago, where they both died of the cholera. Franklin S. received his early education in Illinois, and there engaged in farming, at which he was occupied until 1861, when he enlisted in the Twenty-Third regiment Illinois infantry, known as Mulligan's brigade, with which he served four years. His service was gallant and meritorious and he served in twenty-four battles and was wounded three times. At the close of the war he came to Steubenville, and began work in the iron works, where he was engaged until 1884. He then came to Mingo and embarked in his present business. During his residence he has made many friends and is highly esteemed. In politics he is a republican, and active in his party. He is a member of the Protestant Methodist church, and of the orders of Red Men, Druids and the Junior Order of American Mechanics. On January 26, 1868, Mr. Buchanan was married to Louisa, daughter of James and Lydia McPherson, and they have had seven children, Charles H., James H., William S., Edward, Earl B., Ada M., and Anna, of whom the two daughters are deceased.
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