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Butler Black Hare (November 25, 1875 – December 30, 1967) was an American politician who represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Butler B. Hare
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byJohn C. Taylor
Succeeded byWilliam Jennings Bryan Dorn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byJames F. Byrnes
Succeeded byHampton P. Fulmer
Personal details
BornNovember 25, 1875
Edgefield County, South Carolina
DiedDecember 30, 1967(1967-12-30) (aged 92)
Saluda, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kate Etheridge
Alma materNewberry College
George Washington University Law School

Born to James and Elizabeth Hare (née Black), he was one of nine sons born to the Civil War veteran. He graduated from Newberry College and earned his law degree from George Washington University. He served his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1924, representing the 2nd district of South Carolina. He served from 1925 to 1933, and then did not run again after redistricting eliminated a seat from South Carolina's congressional delegation.

He returned to the House in 1939 after defeating incumbent John Taylor. He served from 1939 to 1947 as the representative from the 3rd District. His main accomplishment as a Representative was authoring the Hare–Hawes–Cutting Act, which proposed that the former US Territory of the Philippines become an independent nation. It was later rejected by the Philippine Senate. The Act was later replaced with the Tydings–McDuffie Act in 1934.

His son James Butler Hare, whom he outlived by a year, served a single term from 1949 to 1951 in South Carolina's 3rd district.

External linksEdit

  • Butler B. Hare at Find a Grave
  • United States Congress. "Butler B. Hare (id: H000200)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Butler Black Hare Papers, 1900-1966 (S.C. Political Collections, University of South Carolina)
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James F. Byrnes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Hampton P. Fulmer
Preceded by
John C. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Jennings Bryan Dorn