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Patrick J. Buchanan Papers, White House Special Files, 01/21/1969 - 12/31/1972
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This series was created to document the activities of Patrick J. Buchanan as he carried out his duties as Special Assistant for Media Analysis and Speech Writing. As Special Assistant to the President, Pat Buchanan's assigned duties were related to written communication. For the most part, this was in the form of daily news briefings, background information for press conferences, and political campaign data gathered for partisan purposes in the 1972 election.
Patrick Joseph “Pat” Buchanan was born in Washington, D.C. on November 2, 1938. He attended Gonzaga High School and Georgetown University. In 1962, he earned a M.S. degree in Journalism at Columbia University. He began writing for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in 1962 and became Assistant Editorial Page Editor in 1964. In 1965, Buchanan worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander and Mitchell legal firm in New York City. The following year, he began working on Richard Nixon’s political campaigns in various capacities over the period of 1966 to 1969. His positions included speech writer, research director, press assistant, political aide, and executive assistant to Richard Nixon. During that time, Nixon was a Republican campaigner and later the 1968 Republican presidential candidate. Following the January 1969 Presidential Inauguration of Richard Nixon, Buchanan became Special Assistant to the President for Media Analysis and Speech Writing. It was during his time as a White House staffer that he married Miss Shelley A. Scarney, a White House receptionist, in 1971. He continued to serve as Special Consultant to the President for Media Analysis and Speech Writing under President Gerald Ford after Nixon’s August 9, 1974 resignation. Buchanan resigned from the White House staff in October 1974. Buchanan worked extensively as a journalist, columnist and political commentator during the period of 1975 to 2012. His syndicated column for Special Features, Inc. first appeared on March 1, 1975 in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News. He has appeared on the NBC Radio Network and television programs including The McLaughlin Group, Crossfire and The Capital Gang. Between 1985 and 1987, Buchanan served Ronald Reagan as Assistant to the President and White House Communications Director. He returned to his syndicated column and commentary work after leaving the Reagan administration. He founded The American Cause conservative educational foundation in 1993. In both 1992 and 1996, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party nomination for President. He left the Republican Party in October 1999 and sought the Reform Party nomination. Buchanan’s desire to be the Reform Party candidate led to enormous division with the Reform Party, which led to two separate party conventions being held at the same time but in different locations within the convention center complex in Long Beach, California. Buchanan eventually won the nomination after a September 2000 ruling by the Federal Election Commission. He came in fourth in the election and subsequently returned to the Republican Party in 2004. In 2002, Buchanan founded The American Conservative magazine with Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos. He also began appearing on a new MNSBC channel program, Buchanan and Press, in July of the same year. The program ran until November 2003. Subsequently, he appeared on numerous politically-oriented television programs over the next eight years, including Scarborough Country, Morning Joe, Hardball and The Rachel Maddow Show. Patrick Buchanan is the author of eight books. The titles of these are: Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? (2012); Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World (2009); The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (2002); State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America (2007); Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart (2009); The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy (1998); Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (2005); Right from the Beginning (1988).
12 linear feet, 8 linear inches; 29 boxes
Most government records are in the public domain, however, this series includes commercial materials, such as newspaper clippings, that may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the copyright holder for information.
Open for research. Some materials may be unavailable based upon categories of materials exempt from public release established in the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974.