William Butler (New Zealand politician)

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1861–1866 3rd Mongonui Independent

William Butler (1814 – 4 March 1875) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in Auckland, New Zealand.

Butler was born in England in 1814 and went to sea at a young age. By age 24, he was commander of a sailing ship that traded with Australia. He traded and was a whaler. He settled in Mangonui (then spelled Mongonui) in Northland, New Zealand and his children were born there from 1841.[1]

He represented the Mongonui electorate from 1861 to 1866, when he retired.[2]

Butler died on 4 March 1875.[1]


  1. ^ a b Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940a). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : A–L (PDF). I. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. p. 128. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 187. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Mongonui
Succeeded by
Thomas Ball