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Happy 100th Birthday to James M. Buchanan

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I am currently at Middle Tennessee State University celebrating James M. Buchanan's 100th birthday.  Buchanan graduated from MTSU with a triple major in English, Mathematics, and Social Science, all while working on a farm to help pay for his college expenses.  From those beginnings, he would move on to graduate study at U of Tennessee for his MA and U of Chicago for his PhD.  His teaching career saw him hold faculty positions at Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia, UCLA, VPI and eventually GMU.  And he held spent some years in Italy as a Fulbright Fellow, and at Cambridge and LSE. Along the way, Professor Buchanan would become President of SEA, Western, Public Choice Society, and MPS, as well as Vice President of the AEA and named a Distinguished Fellow of the AEA, and the 1986 Nobel

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I am currently at Middle Tennessee State University celebrating James M. Buchanan's 100th birthday.  Buchanan graduated from MTSU with a triple major in English, Mathematics, and Social Science, all while working on a farm to help pay for his college expenses.  From those beginnings, he would move on to graduate study at U of Tennessee for his MA and U of Chicago for his PhD.  His teaching career saw him hold faculty positions at Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia, UCLA, VPI and eventually GMU.  And he held spent some years in Italy as a Fulbright Fellow, and at Cambridge and LSE. Along the way, Professor Buchanan would become President of SEA, Western, Public Choice Society, and MPS, as well as Vice President of the AEA and named a Distinguished Fellow of the AEA, and the 1986 Nobel Prize winner for Economic Science.

He had a huge impact as a scholar, and a very deep and personal impact on his students through the years.  It is an honor to celebrate this great scholar.  Thanks to Professor Dan Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute for this opportunity and for organizing such a fitting tribute to this great political economist and proud alum of MTSU.

BTW, we learned at lunch today that that town and county declared October 3rd James M. Buchanan Day in celebration of this occasion.

Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

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