Charles Abel Buffum

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Charles Abel Buffum
Mayor of Long Beach
In office
Preceded by William T. Lisenby
Succeeded by Ray R. Clark
Personal details
Born (1870-01-30)January 30, 1870
La Fayette, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 1936 (aged 66)
Spouse(s) Fern Smith Buffum
Children Dorothy Buffum Chandler
Harry A. Buffum
Thurlyne Buffum
Relatives Edwin E. Buffum (brother)
Norman Chandler (son-in-law)
Camilla Chandler (granddaughter)
Otis Chandler (grandson)
Mike Chandler (great-grandson)
Marilyn "Missy" Chandler (first granddaughter-in-law)
Bettina Whitaker Chandler (second granddaughter-in-law)
Harry Brant Chandler (great-grandson)

Charles Abel Buffum (January 30, 1870 – October 1936) was an American businessman and politician. In 1904, with his brother, Edwin E. Buffum, he moved to Long Beach, California and purchased a store that would grow into Buffum's Department Stores chain. He served as the fifth mayor of Long Beach, California from 1921 to 1924.

Civic involvement[edit]

Buffum was known for his civic involvement; he served on the Long Beach Board of Education for 6 years and in 1920 became president of the Chamber of Commerce.[1] He served as mayor of Long Beach from 1921 to 1924, and was noted for his support for the development of the Port of Long Beach.

Marriage and family[edit]

He married Fern Smith in 1895 and they were the parents of three children: Harry A., Thurlyne, and Dorothy Mae. In 1922 Dorothy married Norman Chandler, who later became publisher of his family's newspaper, The Los Angeles Times.


  1. ^ "History of the Office", Office of the Mayor of Long Beach, retrieved 2013-01-30