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Hugh Alfred Butler (February 28, 1878 – July 1, 1954) was a Nebraska Republican politician.

Hugh Alfred Butler
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United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
January 3, 1941 – July 1, 1954
Preceded byEdward R. Burke
Succeeded bySamuel W. Reynolds
Personal details
Born(1878-02-28)February 28, 1878
Missouri Valley, Iowa
DiedJuly 1, 1954(1954-07-01) (aged 76)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political partyRepublican

Hugh Butler was born on a farm near Missouri Valley, Iowa on February 28, 1878. He graduated from Doane College at Crete, Nebraska in 1900, where, in 1897, he founded the Alpha Omega Fraternity. Butler toiled as a construction engineer with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad from 1900 to 1908. He entered politics as a member of the city board of Curtis, Nebraska from 1908 to 1913 and as a member of the board of education of Omaha, Nebraska. Meanwhile, from 1908 to 1940, Butler worked in flour-milling and in the grain business.

Hugh Butler became a member of the Republican National Committee in 1936 and served until 1940 when he was elected to the United States Senate. He was reelected twice, in 1946 and 1952. Butler served as the chairman of the Committee on Public Lands in the Eightieth United States Congress (1947 to 1949) and as the chairman of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs in the Eighty-third United States Congress. A steadfast opponent of statehood for the Alaska Territory during most of his career in the Senate, he changed his mind during the last few months of his life.[1] Butler died in office on the night of July 1, 1954, following a stroke that had occurred earlier in the day.

Butler, along with his colleague Senator Kenneth Wherry, is best known for his intense opposition to international activities by the government, including entry into World War II the Cold War, and Korea. He reflected the isolationism of the largeGerman-American element in Nebraska. He vigorously opposed any loans or aid to Europe, including the Marshall Plan. He did not believe that the Soviet Union threatened Nebraska's interest, and he strongly opposed the Truman Doctrine, and NATO. Whatever the issue, he could be counted on as a strong opponent of the Presidency of Harry Truman. [2]

Robert B. Crosby, governor of Nebraska at the time of Butler's death, appointed Samuel Williams Reynolds to fill his seat.

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  1. ^ "Let Us End American Colonialism". Xroads.virginia.edu. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  2. ^ Bernard Lemelin, "Isolationist Voices in the Truman Era: Nebraska Senators Hugh Butler and Kenneth Wherry." Great Plains Quarterly 37.2 (2017): 83-109.

SourcesEdit

  1. Bernard Lemelin, "Isolationist Voices in the Truman Era: Nebraska Senators Hugh Butler and Kenneth Wherry." Great Plains Quarterly 37.2 (2017): 83-109.
  2. "Butler, Hugh Alfred". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 11, 2006.
  3. "Butler, Hugh Alfred". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 11, 2006.

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