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Butler kin who have served in the House of Representatives of the Continental Congress and the United States Congress.

Thomas Butler, Jr.

Thomas Butler, Jr. was born 14 Apr 1785 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, a son of Thomas Butler II and Sarah Jane Sample. He attended college in Pittsburg, Pa. and then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1806. He set up practice in Pittsburg but moved to Mississippi Territory about 1807. He was admitted to the bar there in 1808. He bought land in Feliciana, Orleans Territory (then part of France) and settled there in 1811.

He was appointed Parish Judge 14 Dec 1812. Governor Claiborne appointed him as Judge of the Third District on 4 Mar 1813.

Thomas was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the House of Representatives of the 15th US Congress to fill a vacancy and was reelected to a second term, serving 1818 to 1821. He lost a bid for reelection in 1820.

He was appointed special Judge of the 3rd Judicial District in 1822 and again in 1840. He was a member of the Whig Party and later the American Party. He declined to be a candidate for Congress in 1844 due to ill health.

Thomas owned sugar and cotton plantations. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Louisiana College at Jackson, La. He married Nancy Ellis. Thomas died in St. Louis, Mo. and was buried in a family cemetery on his plantation "The Cottage" near St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, La.

Thomas Belden Butler

Thomas Belden Butler was born 22 Aug 1806 in Westhersfield, Connecticut, a son of Frederick Butler and Mary Belden. He graduated from the medical department of Yale University in 1828 and began medical practice at Norwalk, Ct.

He was elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives and seerved 1832- 1846.

Thomas was elected as a Whig Party candidate to the House of Representatives of the 31st US Congress and seved 1849-1851. He lost a bid for reelection in 1850. He served as Judge of the Superior Court in 1861 and became Chief Justice of the court in 1870.

He died 8 Jun 1873 at Norwalk and was buried in the Norwalk Cemetery.

Thomas Stalker Butler

Thomas Stalker Butler was born 4 Nov 1855 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He attended West Chester State Normal School and Wyer's Academy. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1877. He set up practice in West Chester. He served as a Trustee of West Chester State from 1885-1889 and again in 1927 and 1928. He was appointed Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court in 1888. He lost a bid for reelection in 1889. He served as a delegate to the Republican Party National Convention in 1892.

Thomas was elected as an Independent Republican to the House of Representatives of the 55th US Congress and to 15 additional terms, serving 1897 until he died 26 May 1928 at Washington, DC. During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads and on the Committee on Naval Affairs. He was buried at Oaklands Cemetery in West Chester.

Walter Halben Butler

Walter Halben Butler was born 13 Feb 1852 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, a son of Hiram Greeley Butler and Mary Temple. The family moved to Mankato, Blue Earth County, Mn. in 1868. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1875 and then studied law and was admitted to the bar the same year. He moved to Iowa in 1876 and set up law practice at La Porte City until 1878. He then practiced at Manchester in 1880 and moved to West Union in 1883. That year, he became owner and publisher of the Fayette County Union newspaper. He served as superintendent of the tenth division of the railway mail service at St. Paul, Mn. from 1885-1889. He returned to West Union and resumed his newspaper business.

Walter was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives of the 52nd US Congress and served 1891-1893. He lost a bid for reelection.

He moved to Des Moines in 1897 and to Kansas City, Mo. in 1907. He engaged in real estate and loan business and later in banking. He died there 24 Apr 1931 and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.

William Butler Sr.

William Butler Senior was born 17 Dec 1759 in Prince William County, Virginia, a son of James Butler and Mary Simpson. He moved to South Carolina where he served in the State Militia under Gen. Andrew Williamson in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1776 at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. He later served as a lieutenant in Pulaski's Legion in 1779 and under Gen. Pickens at the siege of Augusta, Ga. in 1780. He was promoted to captain under General Henderson in 1781 and served as a captain of Mounted Rangers under General Pickens in 1782.

William served as a delegate to the South Carolina State Convention which adopted the federal Constitution. He was elected to the South Carolina State House of Representatives and served 1787-1795. He was elected Sheriff of the Ninety Sixth District in 1791. He was elected Major General of the upper division of the SC State Militia in 1796.

William was elected as a Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican to the House of Representatives of the 7th US Congress and to five additional terms, serving 1801-1813. He did not seek reelection in 1812.

He served as a Major General in command of South Carolina Militia during the War of 1812 with the British. After the war, he retired to his plantation on the Saluda River near Mount Willing, Edgefield County. He died there 15 Nov 1821 and was buried in the family plot of Butler Methodist Church near Saluda.

William married Behethland Moore and they had seven children, including Dr. William Butler Jr. who became a surgeon and was elected to the US Congress; Andrew Pickens Butler who was elected to the United States Senate; Pierce Mason Butler, who was elected Governor of South Carolina and died while serving in the Army during the Mexican War in Mexico; and William Sr. was the grandfather of Matthew Calbraith Butler, a US Congressman.

William Butler Jr.

William Butler Junior was born 1 Feb 1790 in Edgefield District, South Carolina, a son of US Congressman William Butler Sr. and Behethland Foote Moore. He was a brother of United States Senator Andrew Pickens Butler. William Jr. graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina), Columbia in 1810. He then studied medicine and was licensed to practice. He served as a surgeon in the US Army at the Battle of New Orleans in 1814 during the War of 1812. He then joined the Navy and served until 1820 when he resigned.

William was elected as a Whig Party candidate to the House of Representatives of the 27th US Congress and served 1841-1843. He became the Indian Agent for the Cherokee Indian Nation from 29 May 1849 until his death 25 Sep 1850 at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma Indian Territory. He was buried near Van Buren, Ar.

William married Jane Tweedy Perry and they had five children, including William Jr. III who was a graduate of West Point Military Academy and served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army; James Leontine Butler, who moved to the frontier with his father and became a Captain in the Confederate Army in command of a company of Cherokee Indians; Matthew Calbraith Butler, who served as a Major General in the Confederate States Army and was later elected to the United States Senate.

William Orlando Butler

William Orlando Butler was born 19 Apr 1791 in Jessamine County, Kentucky, a son of Percival Butler Sr. and Mildred Hawkins. He moved with his parents to Maysville, Ky. He graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. in 1812. He then studied law. He served as a Captain of Kentucky Volunteers during the War of 1812 and was brevetted to Major for his distinguished service in the Battle of New Orleans. He served as an aide to General Andrew Jackson in 1816 and 1817.

He was admitted to the bar in 1817 and set up practice at Carrollton, Ky. He was elected to the Kentucky State House of Representatives in 1817 and 1818.

William was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives of the 26th US Congress and to a second term, serving 1839-1843. He did not seek reelection.

During the Mexican War, he was commissioned a Major General of Volunteers and served in Mexico. He received the thanks of Congress and a ceremonial sword in gratitude for his storming of Monterey, Mexico.

He lost a bid for the Democratic Party nomination for Vice President in 1848. He declined an appointment as Governor of the Nebraska Territory in 1855. He served as a delegate to the peace convention in Washington in 1861 to try and prevent war between the seceeding states and the north. He married Eliza A. Todd in 1817.

Butler Ames

Butler Ames was born 22 Aug 1871 in Lowell, Ma., a son of US Senator Adelbert Ames and Blanche Butler; he was a grandson of Congressman Benjamin Franklin Butler. He graduated from the West Point 1894. He later resigned from the Army and then studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated in 1896 as a mechanical and electrical engineer. He then worked in manufacturing. He was elected to the Lowell, Ma. Common Council in 1896.

He enlisted in the Army during the Spanish American War and was commissioned a lieutenant and adjutant of the 6th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. He was appointed acting engineer officer of the Second Army Corps and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in Aug 1898. He served as civil administrator of the Arecibo district of Puerto Rico until Nov 1898.

He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and served 1897-1899.

Butler was elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives of the 58th US Congress and reelected to four additional terms, serving 1903-1913. He did not seek reelection in 1912. He returned to his manufacturing work.

He served as president of the United States Cartridge Co. and treasurer of Heinze Electrical Co. of Lowell. At the time of his death, he was treasurer and a director of Wamesit Power Co. of Lowell, vice president and director of Ames Textime Corp., Lowell and director of Union Land and Grazing Co. of Colorado Springs, Co.

George Butler Terrell

George Butler Terrell was born 5 Dec 1862 in Cherokee County, Texas, a son of Julia Butler and Sam Houston Terrell. He attended Sam Houston Normal Institute (now Sam Houston State Univ.) and Baylor University. He taught school in Cherokee County from 1896 to 1893. He received a law degree from Baylor.

George served as a member of the State Teachers Examining Board, 1897 and 1902 and the Summer Normal Board, 1897 and 1904; the State Normal Board, 1902 and the State Textbook Commission, 1903. During this time, he also was engaged in farming and stock raising at Alto. In 1904 he served as a presidential Elector for the ticket of A. B. Parker and H. G. Davis. He was elected to represent Cherokee County in the Texas House of Representatives and served 1899-1903, 1907-1913 and 1917-1921.

He was elected Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas and served 1921-1931. In 1930, he was again elected to the House of Representatives. He promoted agricultural interests and helped secure establishment of four agricultural experiment stations. He sponsored a law requiring grading of fruits and vegetables and a law requiring teaching agriculture and domestic science in teacher-training colleges.

George was elected as a Democrat in 1932 to the House of Representatives of the US Congress for an at-large seat. He became outspoken against many of President Roosevelt's New Deal programs aimed at a recovery of the nation's destitute economy. He was especially against the National Recovery Administration. He cast the only vote in the House against a bill extending the life of the Civil Works Administration and the City Council of his hometown of Alto promptly sent a telegram to President Roosevelt declaring that George did not represent their feelings.

He was stricken with paralysis in May 1934 and declared that he would not be a candidate for reelection. He returned to Alto and resumed farming. In 1936, he lost a race for State Agriculture Commissioner.

Terrell married Allie Minchum Turney 10 Sep 1896; they had 6 children. He died at his home at Linwood 18 Apr 1947 and was buried in Old Palestine Cemetery near Alto. His son J. Turney Terrell served with him in the Texas House of Representatives 1931-1933.

Adelbert Ames Sr.

Adelbert Ames Sr. was born 31 Oct 1835 in Knox County, Maine. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1861 and entered the northern army during the War for Southern Independence. He married Blanche Butler in 1870. She was a daughter of US Congressman Benjamin Franklin ("Beast Butler") Butler of Massachusetts.

He served at the Battle of Manassas and reached the rank of brigadier general during the War. He remained in the army until 1870, when he resigned. While he was in the army, he served with the yankee army of occupation in Mississippi during the "reconstruction" era. He was appointed as the military governor of Mississippi on 15 Mar 1868 and appointed to the command of the "fourth military district"...Mississippi... on 17 Mar 1869.

When Mississippi was "readmitted" to the union the huge majority of whites were not allowed to vote and the state was swamped by carpetbagger Republicans such as Ames.

In an election in which the huge majority of citizens of Mississippi were not allowed to vote, Adelbert -- who was not even a citizen of the state -- won election as a carpetbagger Republican to the United States Senate and served 1870 to 1874 when he resigned after being "elected" governor. He served as governor from 1874 to 1876 when he resigned and moved to New York City and later to Lowell, Ma. He was engaged with flour mills in Minnesota and manufacturing in Lowell. He served as a brigadier general in the US Army during the Spanish American Wr in 1898-1899. He died at his winter home in Ormond, FL. 12 Apr 1933 and was buried at Hildreth Cemetery, Lowell.

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