J. D. Buffington was born March 26, 1846, the son of Ezekiel Buffington and Louisa Newman, daughter of Jonathan Newman, county judge of Washington County, Arkansas, for eighteen years. J. D. attended school in Going Snake district, until the outbreak of the war, when he and his family refugeed in Fannin County, Texas, until 1866, when he returned to the nation and devoted his time to farming. In 1876 he married Miss Fannie Morris, daughter of Isaac Morris, a white man; her mother was a Daugherty, a family prominent among the Cherokees. By this marriage Mr. Buffington has five children, Stella, Etta, Grover, Vada, and J. D. In 1884 he was elected to the senate for one term, and in 1891 to the House of Representatives, which office he is now holding. He has 150 acres in cultivation in Going Snake district, near Cincinnati, Arkansas. Mr. Buffington is a quiet, pleasant mannered gentleman, honorable and reliable, and greatly respected by all who know him. He is connected with some of the first families of the nation.