Philip W. Buchen

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Philip Buchen
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Buchen in 1974
White House Counsel
In office
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byWilliam Casselman
Succeeded byRobert Lipshutz
Personal details
Born(1916-02-27)February 27, 1916
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMay 21, 2001(2001-05-21) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA, JD)

Philip William Buchen (February 27, 1916 – May 21, 2001) was an American attorney who served as White House Counsel during the Ford Administration.

Buchen was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the son of State Senator Gustave Buchen.[1] 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 with President Ford in 1975

Buchen continued to practice law in Grand Rapids until 1974, when he came to Washington to serve on Vice President Ford's staff. He served as chief White House Counsel with Cabinet rank for the duration of Ford's presidency. When Ford left office, Buchen remained in Washington, practicing law with the firm of Dewey Ballantine until 1995. Buchen served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 1977 to 1981.[2]


  1. ^ Zielinski, Graeme (23 May 2001). "Philip Buchen Dies". Washington Post.
  2. ^ 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.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Leonard Garment
White House Counsel
Succeeded by
Robert Lipshutz