Thomas Mitchell Buffington, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

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Thomas Mitchell Buffington, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Birthdate:
Birthplace: near Westville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (Goingsnake Dist)
Death: Died in Vinita, OK
Immediate Family:

Son of Ezekiel Buffington and Louisa Newman
Husband of Emma L. Gray and Susie (Susan) H. Buffington
Father of Sue Nelle Buffington; Alice Lucille Buffington; Marie Jack Buffington; Margaret Buffington; Maxine Buffington and 1 other
Brother of Catherine Holt; Mary Jane Greer and John Daniel Buffington

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

1855
October 15, 1855
near Westville, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (Goingsnake Dist)
1878
May 10, 1878
Age 22
Westville, Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation, IT
1895
December 29, 1895
Age 40
1896
October 3, 1896
Age 40
Oklahoma, United States
1898
July 30, 1898
Age 42
Oklahoma, United States
1900
October 25, 1900
Age 45
1903
August 16, 1903
Age 47
Oklahoma, United States
1906
February 2, 1906
Age 50
Oklahoma, United States
1907
1907
Age 51
Oklahoma, United States
1938
February 11, 1938
Age 82
Vinita, OK