Gen. William Butler, US Congress

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William Butler, Jr.

Birthplace: Prince William, VA, USA
Death: Died in Edgefield, Edgefield, South Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Butler United Methodist Church Cemetery Saluda Saluda County South Carolina
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain James Butler. Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Butler
Husband of Behethland Foote Butler
Father of William Butler, US Congress; Andrew Butler, U.S. Senator; Col. Pierce Mason Butler, Governor and Emmala Elizabeth Thompson
Brother of Nancy Brooks Lowe; Elizabeth Brooks; John Butler; Stanmore Butler; Thomas Butler and 2 others
Half brother of William Brooks

Occupation: United States Representative from South Carolina
Managed by: Seth Wheatley, III
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About Gen. William Butler, US Congress

  • A Patriot of the American Revolution for South Carolina with the rank of Captain.
  • DAR Ancestor #: A017740 Service: SOUTH CAROLINA Rank: CAPTAIN
  • Birth: 12-17-1759 PRINCE WILLIAM CO VIRGINIA
  • Pension Number: *W20803
  • Service Source: *W20803

William Butler (December 17, 1759 – November 15, 1821) was a United States Representative from South Carolina.

Born in Prince William County, Virginia, he moved to South Carolina as a young man. He served in the Snow Campaign under Colonel Richard Richardson in 1775 and in Gen. Andrew Williamson's expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1776. In 1779 he was a lieutenant in Pulaski's Legion, under Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, and served under Gen. Andrew Pickens at the siege of Augusta in 1780. He served as captain under General William Henderson in 1781, and was a captain of Mounted Rangers under Pickens in 1782.

Butler was a member of the State convention which adopted the United States Constitution, and was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1787 to 1795. He was sheriff of the Ninety-Six District in 1791, and was elected major general of the upper division of State militia in 1796.

Butler was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 7th United States Congress and served in the five succeeding Congresses, from March 4, 1801 to March 3, 1813. He then chose not run for reelection.

Butler was a major general commanding the troops raised for the defense of South Carolina in the War of 1812, and then retired to his plantation on the Saluda River, near Mount Willing, South Carolina.

He died at his plantation in 1821 at the age of 61, and was buried in the family plot at Butler Methodist Church, near Saluda.

William Butler was the father of William Butler (1790-1850), Andrew Pickens Butler, and Pierce Mason Butler, and the grandfather of Matthew Calbraith Butler. All except Pierce Butler (who served as governor of South Carolina) were members of the U.S. Congress from South Carolina. Butler was a first cousin to Sophia Butler (Smith) Bonham, the mother of Texas hero James Butler Bonham and U.S. Congressman Milledge Luke Bonham.

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Gen. William Butler, US Congress's Timeline

December 17, 1759
Prince William, VA, USA
February 1, 1790
Age 30
Saluda, SC, USA
November 18, 1796
Age 36
Edgefield, Edgefield, SC, USA
April 11, 1798
Age 38
Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA
Age 40
November 15, 1821
Age 61
Edgefield, Edgefield, South Carolina, United States
Butler United Methodist Church Cemetery Saluda Saluda County South Carolina