1853 – He was born in London on the 25th of October.
1876-1882 – He served on the London School Board.
1885 – He was defeated at the general election.
1880-1883 – After unsuccessfully contesting Boston as a liberal was returned for Peterborough at a by-election.
1905 – He was appointed postmaster-general, with a seat in the Cabinet, and sworn of the Privy Council.
1910-1911 – He was appointed president of the Board of Trade, he introduced and passed the Copyright Act.
1912 – He issued stringent regulations for the preservation of life at sea.
1914 – In February, on appointment as governor-general of the Union of South Africa, Buxton was appointed G.C.M.G., and in May was raised to the peerage as Viscount Buxton, of Newtimber, in Sussex.
1920-1933 – He continued to work for South Africa, largely through the Africa Society, of which he was president and the gold medal of which was awarded to him.
– He spoke against the labour scheme for nationalizing the Bank of England.
1934 – He died at Newtimber Place on the 15th of October and was buried at Newtimber.