| Philip Buchen |
|Born||February 27, 1916|
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||May 21, 2001 (Age 85)|
Washington DC, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)|
Buchen was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the son of State Senator Gustave Buchen. In his youth he contracted polio and thereafter walked with a cane. He graduated from Sheboygan High School in 1935 and received his J.D. degree in 1941 from the University of Michigan, where he met Gerald Ford. At Michigan, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
He opened a law practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Ford in May 1941.
Buchen continued to practice law in Grand Rapids until 1974, when he came to Washington to serve on Vice President Ford's staff. Buchen, a longtime friend and law partner of Ford's, was a trusted aide on his vice presidential staff who began organizing for a transition of power when it was becoming clearer that Nixon could be forced to resign the presidency because of the Watergate scandal.
He was chief White House Counsel with Cabinet rank for the duration of Ford's presidency. It was Buchen who delivered to Ford an influential memo written by a Nixon aide that strongly argued for clemency.
- Thomas E. Luebke, ed., Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2013): Appendix B, p. 541.