BUTLER, Roderick Randum

1827–1902

Biography

BUTLER, Roderick Randum, (grandfather of Robert Reyburn Butler), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Wytheville, Va., April 9, 1827; bound as an apprentice and learned the tailor's trade; moved to Taylorsville (now Mountain City), Tenn.; attended night school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Taylorsville; lawyer, private practice; appointed postmaster of Taylorsville by President Fillmore; major of the First Battalion of Tennessee Militia; member of the Tennessee state senate, 1859-1863 and 1893-1901; during the Civil War served in the Union Army as lieutenant colonel of the Thirteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, November 5, 1863-April 25, 1864; delegate to the Republican National Conventions, 1864, 1872 and 1876; delegate to the Tennessee state constitutional convention, 1865; county judge and judge of the first judicial circuit of Tennessee, 1865; chairman of the first state Republican executive committee of Tennessee; delegate to the Baltimore Border State Convention; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1875); chairman, Committee on the Militia (Forty-third Congress); censured by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 17, 1870, for selling an appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point; unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Forty-fourth Congress in 1874; president of the Republican state conventions, 1869 and 1882; member of the Tennessee state house of representatives, 1879-1885; elected to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); was not a candidate for renomination to the Fifty-first Congress in 1888; resumed the practice of law; died in Mountain City, Johnson County, Tenn., August 18, 1902; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Butler, Roderick Randum. Speech of Hon. R. R. Butler, Representative from Carter and Johnson counties, in the House of Representatives, upon the resolutions introduced by Mr. Bayless, in reference to the Harper's Ferry insurrection. [Nashville?: N.p., 1859?]

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