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Daniel Evan Button (November 1, 1917 – March 7, 2009) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He died aged 91 at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.[1]

Daniel Evan Button
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byLeo W. O'Brien
Succeeded bySamuel S. Stratton
Personal details
Born(1917-11-01)November 1, 1917
Dunkirk, New York
DiedMarch 7, 2009(2009-03-07) (aged 91)
Delmar, New York
Political partyRepublican Party
Alma materUniversity of Delaware
Columbia University

Button was born in Dunkirk, New York. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1938 and received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1939. He wrote for the Wilmington,(Del.) Morning News and the Associated Press from 1943 until 1947, when he turned to public relations at the University of Delaware. He had 5 children at this time, some of which also went on to be quite talented journalists. After this, he was assistant to the president of the State University of New York from 1952 until 1958. He was executive editor of the Albany Times-Union from 1960 until 1966. He was elected to Congress in 1966 as a Republican in a traditionally heavily Democratic district centered around Albany and Schenectady and served from January 3, 1967, until January 3, 1971. Button first ran for the seat vacated by Democrat Leo W. O'Brien in 1966 and was reelected to a second term in 1968.[2] However, a mid-decade redistricting ahead of the 1970 elections made his district even more heavily Democratic and drew the home of Democratic congressman and former Schenectady mayor Samuel Stratton into Button's district. By 1970, he had become an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. However, this was not enough to overcome the heavy partisan lean of his new district, and he was routed in the general election.

He was president of the national Arthritis Foundation (1971–75) and was editor of the national consumer magazine Science Digest (1976–80). He wrote a legislative study of John V. Lindsay (Random House 1965) and also published "Take City Hall" about Albany politics (2003). From 1994 to 2003 he was executive assistant to the president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York State. He was a resident of Delmar, New York when he died.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Daniel E. Button (id: B001201)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Associated Press, "Daniel Button, Editor and Lawmaker, Is Dead at 91", The New York Times, The Associated Press, 2009-03-09, retrieved 2013-03-29.
  2. ^ Ken Rudin, "Farewell To Button ... And Hello To Buttons!", National Public Radio, 2009-03-20, retrieved 2013-03-10.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Leo W. O'Brien
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

1967–1971
Succeeded by
Samuel S. Stratton