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BUTLER, William

1759–1821

Biography

BUTLER, William, (father of William Butler [1790–1850] and Andrew Pickens Butler and grandfather of Matthew Calbraith Butler), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Prince William County, Va., December 17, 1759; attended grammar schools; moved to South Carolina; served in the Snow campaign under General Richardson in 1775 and in Gen. Andrew Williamson's expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1776; lieutenant in Pulaski's legion, under Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, in 1779; served under Gen. Andrew Pickens at the siege of Augusta in 1780, as captain under General Henderson in 1781, and as captain of Mounted Rangers under General Pickens in 1782; member of the State convention which adopted the Federal Constitution; member of the State house of representatives in 1787-1795; sheriff of the Ninety-sixth District in 1791; elected major general of the upper division of State militia in 1796; elected as a Republican to the Seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1813); was not a candidate for reelection; major general commanding the troops raised for the defense of South Carolina during the War of 1812; retired to his plantation on the Saluda River, near Mount Willing, Edgefield County, S.C., and died there November 15, 1821; interment in the family burial ground at Butler Methodist Church, near Saluda, Edgefield (now Saluda) County, S.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1794, 1 item. Testimony of William Butler, 1794.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

[Slider, Thomas P.] Memoirs of General William Butler. Including a brief sketch of his father and brother, who fell in the revolution, at Cloud's Creek, Lexington District, S. C. Atlanta, Ga.: J. P. Harrison & Co., Printers and Binders, 1885.

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