John Alexander Buchanan was born in
Comber, Essex County, Ontario on March 4, 1887 and was the son
of George Buchanan of Comber and Mary Bell (Wilson) Buchanan of
He came to Edmonton in
after obtaining his education at Comber public and high schools
and the University of Toronto.
Buchanan did considerable survey work in the Peace River country
and Northwest Territories but turned more toward the industrial
end of engineering in his later years. As a builder and
surveyor, he spent many years practicing all that is implied in
Edmontonís role as gateway to the North.
He was a cost engineer on the Canol Pipeline Project during the
Second World War and secured an intimate knowledge of the
financial and technical problems associated with northern
He served as vice-president for the northern Alberta Progressive
Conservative association and was a president of the Conservative
organization in Edmonton. He was appointed to the Senate in
by Prime Minister Diefenbaker and retired six years later.
He died May 7,
He was survived by his second wife, Lillian Amy (nee Bickell),
formerly of Plymouth, England, whom he married in
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Places Named by/for J.A.