Biography of Benjamin Buffinton
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Buffinton, Benjamin, son of Israel and Nancy B. (Lincoln) Buffinton, was born in Fall River, Mass., April 9, 1834. His ancestors for several generations were worthy and consistent members of the Society of Friends and were influential citizens of Bristol county. His father, a most exemplary man, was identified with the growth and prosperity of Fall River for more than half a century and for many years was president of the Massasoit Bank. He was also interested in the cotton industry and owned a large amount of real estate. He was a strong advocate of temperance, an ardent supporter of the anti slavery cause, and one of the agents of the "underground railroad," interested in assisting fugitive slaves from capture by their masters. Benjamin Buffinton was educated in the schools of his native city, and while attending school employed his leisure hours acting as clerk for his father, who was then engaged in the cotton waste business. He remained associated with his father for several years. He served on the State delegation of Fire Commissioners under appointment of Gov. A. H. Rice from 1875 to 1879. and was agent for the overseer of the poor from 1879 to 1881; was on the State detective force from 1881 to 1885; was city assessor from 1885 to 1888; member of the Board of Health from 1889 to 1892; and since 1893 has been agent for the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Military Aid and for the burial of soldiers of the Civil war. Mr. Buffinton has always been active in politics and has been an influential member of the Republican party for many years. He takes great pleasure in the study of local history and has written many valuable articles on historical subjects relating to Fall River and southeastern Massachusetts. The compilers of this publication are under many obligations to Mr. Buffinton for the assistance which he has so cheerfully given while the book was in course of preparation. In 1862 Mr. Buffinton married Maria Hart of Fall River, and their children are Benjamin Thomas, a civil engineer, Elizabeth (wife of John B, Durfee), and Clarissa Holmes.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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