James N. Buffum

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James Needham Buffum[1]
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14th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
In office
January 1, 1872[1] – January 6, 1873
Preceded by Edwin Walden
Succeeded by Jacob M. Lewis
12th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
In office
January 4, 1869[1] – January 3, 1870[1]
Preceded by Roland G. Usher
Succeeded by Edwin Walden
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives[2][3]
In office
1873 – 1873[2]
Personal details
Born May 16, 1807[1]
North Berwick, Maine[4]
Died June 12, 1887(1887-06-12) (aged 80)[1][3]
Lynn, Massachusetts[3]

James Needham Buffum (May 16, 1807 – June 12, 1887) was a Massachusetts politician who served as the 12th and 14th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Buffum was born in North Berwick, Maine on May 16, 1807[1][4] to Samuel and Hannah (Varney) Bufum.[2]


Buffum was the Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts from 1869 to 1870 and from 1872 to 1873. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was a presidential elector in 1868.[5]


When Frederick Douglass was dragged out of a train car on the Eastern Railroad, Buffum helped Douglass fight off the mob.[4] In 1845 Buffum went to Scotland with Douglass to protest against the Free Church of Scotland keeping money donated from American slave holders.[4]


Buffum died on June 12, 1887 and is interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn, Massachusetts.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 1, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J. W. Lewis & CO., p. 261. 
  2. ^ a b c Essex Institute (1889), Bulletin of the Essex Institute, Volume XX, Salem, MA: Essex Institute; printed by the Salem Press and Printing Co., p. 156. 
  3. ^ a b c The New York Times (June 13, 1887), JAMES N. BUFFUM DEAD.; A COLLEAGUE OF GARRISON AND PHILLIPS AND A FRIEND OF DOUGLASS., New York, NY: New York Times Company, p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b c d Friends' Intelligencer United with The Friends' Journal (June 18, 1887), JAMES N. BUFFUM, Philadelphia, PA: Friends' Intelligencer Association, Limited, p. 398. 
  5. ^ "James N. Buffum". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "James N. Buffum". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roland G. Usher
12th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
January 4, 1869
January 3, 1870
Succeeded by
Edwin Walden
Preceded by
Edwin Walden
14th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
January 1, 1872
January 6, 1873
Succeeded by
Jacob M. Lewis