Thomas Mitchell Buffington, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1855 - 1938) MP

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Birthplace: near Westville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (Goingsnake Dist)
Death: Died in Vinita, OK
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About Thomas Mitchell Buffington, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

The only surviving regularly-elected chief of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory is Thomas Mitchell Buffington. Born in Goingsnake district on October 15, 1855, Mr. Buffington's public life began with his selection as circuit judge. Later he was elected to the Cherokee senate and was serving as president of that body at the time of the death of Chief J. B. Mayes. He acted as principal chief in December 1891 until the appointment of C. J. Harris. In 1899 he was elected principal chief, which office he held until 1903. Judge Buffington resides (1937) in Vinita, Oklahoma.

Find A Grave Memorial # 9911996

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9911996

Article about him at: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/chronicles/v015/v015p253.html

Oral history interview at: http://www.okgenweb.org/pioneer/ohs/buffingtont.html

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Thomas Buffington, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation's Timeline

1855
October 15, 1855
near Westville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (Goingsnake Dist)
1878
March 10, 1878
Age 22
Cherokee Nation, IT
1895
December 29, 1895
Age 40
1938
February 11, 1938
Age 82
Vinita, OK