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David Christy Butler

Also Known As: "Governor David Christy Butler"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Linton, Greene County, Indiana, United States
Death: May 25, 1891 (61)
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States
Place of Burial: Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Washington Butler and Nancy Butler
Husband of Mary Pauline Butler; Mary Pauline Butler, died in childbirth? and Lydia Butler
Father of NN Butler, 1, twin, died in infancy; NN Butler, 2, twin, died in infancy; Violet Bradley; Olive Butler; Ozias Butler and 3 others
Brother of Joseph C. Butler; Thomas O. Butler; Mary Ann Neill; William H. Butler; Elizabeth Jane Hendricks and 4 others

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About David Butler, 1st Governor of Nebraska

Nebraska Governor. Served as Governor of Nebraska from 1867 to 1871. Also served as a Member of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature in 1861, and Member of the Nebraska Territorial Senate in 1863. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46537737" target="_blank K)] Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Mar 16, 2003

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David Christy Butler (December 15, 1829 – May 25, 1891) was a U.S. political figure. He was the first Governor of Nebraska, serving from 1867 until 1871. He was the first Governor of Nebraska after statehood and the only Nebraska Governor to date to be impeached.

Biography

Born near Linton, Indiana, as the eldest son of 10 children, Butler's education was limited to the common schools and he worked at farming and cattle trading. He married twice. His first wife was Mary Pauline Smith Butler and his second was Lydia Story Butler. He and Lydia were married on January 25, 1860, and he had eight children.

Career

Butler was nominated for a state senate seat in Indiana in 1856, but withdrew before the election. He moved three years later to Pawnee City, Nebraska, and engaged in trading cattle until his election to the Nebraska Territorial Legislature in 1861. He was elected as a state senator in 1863 and won the 1866 election to become Nebraska's first governor. During his second term (1869–1870), Butler moved the state's capital from Omaha to present-day Lincoln.

In the spring of 1871, soon after taking office for his third term, eleven articles of impeachment were brought against him. The first charged him with misuse of some $16,000 from the state school fund. Butler had allegedly made personal use of this money to purchase lots in the new city of Lincoln. He was suspended from office by the Supreme Court and subsequently tried by the State Senate. He was convicted on the first charge, although the remaining ten were dropped. The Supreme Court then removed him from office on June 2, 1871.

In 1877 the Legislature reviewed its action and adopted a resolution expunging the impeachment proceedings from the record. After ten years of retirement from public life, Butler was elected to the Nebraska State Senate on the Independent Ticket in 1882. Running on the Union Labor Ticket in 1888, he again sought the Governorship but was defeated.

Death and Legacy

Following this defeat Butler retired to his home in Pawnee City, where he died on May 25, 1891, and is interred at Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Pawnee County Nebraska. Butler County in eastern Nebraska was named for him.



Gov. David C. Butler and Lydia Story Butler of Nebraska

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David Butler, 1st Governor of Nebraska's Timeline

1829
December 15, 1829
Linton, Greene County, Indiana, United States
1855
January 1855
Monroe County, Indiana, United States
January 1855
Monroe County, Indiana, United States
1864
1864
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States
1867
June 10, 1867
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States
June 10, 1867
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States
1869
May 25, 1869
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States
1873
February 1, 1873
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States
1878
August 29, 1878
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, NE, United States
1891
May 25, 1891
Age 61
Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, United States