Col. Pierce Mason Butler, Governor

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Pierce Mason Butler

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
Death: August 20, 1847 (49)
Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico (killed at the Battle of Churubusco)
Place of Burial: Saluda, Saluda County, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Gen. William Butler, US Congress and Behethland Foote Butler
Husband of Miranda Juliette "Julia" Duval
Father of Behethland Pawnee Bacon; Lt. Col. William Loudon Butler CSA; Emmala Elizabeth Perrin; Andrew Pickens Butler, (CSA) and Corporal Edward "Ebby" Butler (CSA)
Brother of James Moore Butler; George Butler; William Butler, US Congress; Andrew Butler, U.S. Senator; Emmala Elizabeth Thompson and 2 others

Occupation: American soldier and statesman who served as the 56th Governor of South Carolina from 1836 to 1838
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Pierce Mason Butler (April 11, 1798 – August 20, 1847) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the 56th Governor of South Carolina from 1836 to 1838. He was killed while serving as colonel of the Palmetto Regiment at the Battle of Churubusco, during the Mexican-American War.

Born in Edgefield County, South Carolina, Butler was a son of William Butler (1759-1821) and a brother of Andrew Pickens Butler and William Butler, Jr., all of whom served in the United States Congress. He was educated by Moses Waddel at the Willington Academy in Willington, South Carolina.

Butler was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1818 and rose to the rank of captain before resigning his commission in 1829. Following his term as Governor of South Carolina, he became agent to the Cherokee at Fort Gibson (present day Muskogee County, Oklahoma), a post he held until 1846.

Following his death in Mexico, Butler's body was returned to South Carolina for burial. He was first entombed at Trinity Episcopal Church, just across from the State House. In December 1853 he was reburied at the family plot, in the graveyard of what is now Butler Methodist Church in Saluda County. Others buried in the plot are his father, Major General William Butler, his mother, Behethland Foote Moore Butler, a sister, five of his six brothers, Colonel Zachariah Smith Brooks, grandfather of Preston Brooks, and two children of his brother William, the only sibling not buried there. He is buried at Christ Episcopal Church in Greenville. Collectively they were four Colonels, one General, one Lt. Colonel, three Majors, and one Judge and US Senator. The General was a member of Congress, too.

James C. Gardner, who served from 1954–1958 as the mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, is a descendant of Pierce Mason Butler.

Notes for PIERCE MASON BUTLER, SR: Pierce Mason Butler, I was Governor of South Carolina 1836-1838 and Colonel of the Palmetto Regiment in the Mexican War. He was killed at Cerubusco August 20, 1847. Funeral services were held in Columbia, SC, and his body laid to rest in Trinity Episcopal Church yard. Later it was removed to the Butler family burying ground in what is now Saluda County. He was a son of Captain William Butler of the American Revolution and Behethland Foote Moore Butler. His grandfather was Capt. James Butler who was killed with his son, James, Jr by Tories under Cunningham November 7, 1781 at Clouds Creek where they are buried. Colonel Pierce Mason Butler died in the bloody battle of August 20, 1847, before the gates of Mexico, whilst gallantly leading his regiment to the conflict, The Edgefield Advertiser. September 22, 1847.

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Col. Pierce Mason Butler, Governor's Timeline

April 11, 1798
Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
Age 30
South Carolina, USA
Age 32
Age 34
Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA
May 7, 1839
Age 41
Age 43
August 20, 1847
Age 49
Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Saluda, Saluda County, South Carolina, USA