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John Lee Buchanan

March 1, 1880-June 12, 1880
August 14, 1881-January 17, 1882

John Lee Buchanan. --- Second president, 1880-81. Born June 19, 1831, in Rich Valley, Smyth County. Received A.B. from Emory and Henry College, 1856, and M.A. from same institution in 1860. Served as president of Emory and Henry College before becoming V.A.M.C. president at age 48. After being removed from presidency for the second time in 1881, he began teaching at Martha Washington College in Abingdon, later becoming president there. In 1884, he served on a state committee which established the State Normal Female School in Farmville (now Longwood College.) Served as state superintendent of public instruction 1885-89. Began teaching at Randolph-Macon College in 1889, resigning the presidency there in 1894 to assume presidency of the University of Arkansas, where he remained until retiring in 1902. Died Jan. 19, 1922, in Rich Valley, Va., at age 90.

Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Historical Data Book: Centennial Editon, ed.Jenkins Mikell Robertson, Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, vol. 65, no. 4, 68.
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