William Butler (1790–1850)
William Butler Jr. (February 1, 1790 – September 25, 1850) was a United States Representative from South Carolina. He was a son of William Butler (1759–1821), brother of Andrew Butler, and father of Matthew Calbraith Butler, all of whom served in the United States Congress.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 6th district
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
|Preceded by||Waddy Thompson, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Isaac E. Holmes|
|Born||February 1, 1790|
Edgefield District, South Carolina
|Died||September 25, 1850 (aged 60)|
Fort Gibson, Indian Territory
|Resting place||Van Buren, Arkansas|
Jane Tweedy Perry
|Relations||Andrew Butler (brother)|
Pierce Mason Butler (brother)
|Children||Matthew Calbraith Butler|
Behethland Moore Butler
|Alma mater||South Carolina College|
|Profession||Doctor, Indian agent|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1814–1820|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
Butler was born near the present town of Saluda, South Carolina on February 1, 1790. He was a son of William Butler (1759–1821) and Behethland Foote (née Moore) Butler (1764–1853). Among his siblings was brother Andrew Butler, a Democratic U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Pierce Mason Butler was Governor of South Carolina from 1836 to 1838.
In 1825, he moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he began practice as a country doctor. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843). He served as agent of the Cherokee Indians from May 29, 1849, until his death the following year.
While stationed in Rhode Island in 1819, he married Jane Tweedy Perry. She was a daughter of Christopher Raymond Perry, and was a sister to Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry. Together, they were the parents of many children, including Matthew Calbraith Butler.
- "BUTLER, William - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- Martin, Samuel J., Southern Hero, Matthew Calbraith Butler, Stackpole Books, 2001 ISBN 0-8117-0899-3
- United States Congress. "William Butler (id: B001195)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- William Butler at Find a Grave
- Collected Receipts of William Butler of Greenville - Greenville County Library System Digital Collections
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Waddy Thompson, Jr.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district
Isaac E. Holmes