James N. Buffum

James Needham Buffum (1807-87) abandoned his Quaker faith to become a militant Garrisonian abolitionist. From 1845 to 1847, Buffum accompanied Frederick Douglass on his lecture tour of the British Isles. Returning to Lynn, Massachusetts, Buffum amassed a considerable fortune as a carpenter, house contractor, and financier. He served as mayor of Lynn from 1869 to 1875 and as a Massachusetts legislator in 1873. Garrison and Garrison, Garrison Life, 3:324-25, 4:358; Clarence W. Hobbs, Lynn and Surroundings (Lynn, 1886), 141-42; James R. Newhall, Lynn: Her First 250 Years (Lynn, 1880), 133-34; idem., History of Lynn, 1864-1893 (Lynn, 1897), 337; Mabee, Black Freedom, 114, 119-21, 125, 210-11, 221. 225, 250, 342.

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