John Hall Buchanan, Jr.
John Hall Buchanan, Jr. served 1945-1946 in the U.S. Navy. Then he moved to Alabama, where he earned his degree in 1949 at Samford University in Birmingham. Then he went to the University of Virginia, where he wrote his thesis before he moved to the Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville (Kentucky). After 1957, he received his degree there, he spent ten years as a pastor in Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama.
Buchanan also pursued a political career. He ran unsuccessfully in 1962 for a seat on the 88th U.S. Congress. He also served as financial director of the Alabama Republican Party between 1962 and 1964. Then he was elected to the 89th U.S. Congress and reelected to the seven succeeding U.S. Congresses. In 1980 his candidacy for the 97th U.S. Congress, he suffered a defeat. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 3 January 1965 to 3 January 1981. During this time he was 1973-1984 member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. In addition, he was between 1978 and 1980 member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Human Rights Committee. After that he had between 1981 and 1983 presided over the funds to improve the tertiary education sector in the Ministry of Education. Buchanan has presided over the People for the American Way since 1982. He currently lives in Bethesda (Maryland).