BUTLER, William Orlando

BUTLER, William Orlando
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BUTLER, William Orlando, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Jessamine County, Ky., April 19, 1791; moved with his parents to Maysville, Ky.; pursued preparatory studies; was graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1812; studied law at Lexington; during the War of 1812 served as captain, and was brevetted major for distinguished service in the Battle of New Orleans; aide to General Jackson in 1816 and 1817; was admitted to the bar in 1817 and commenced practice at Carrollton, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives in 1817 and 1818; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for reelection; during the war with Mexico was commissioned major general of Volunteers June 29, 1846; received the thanks of Congress and a sword for gallantry in the storming of Monterey, Mexico; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Vice President in 1848; declined appointment as Governor of Nebraska Territory in 1855; delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Carrollton, Ky., August 6, 1880; interment in a private burying ground at the foot of Butlers Hill, near Carrollton, Ky.

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

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External Research Collections

Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department

San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Bird-Johnston Collection, 1845-1848, 67 items. Other authors include William Orlando Butler. An unpublished inventory is available in the library.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Collection

Washington, DC
Papers: 1847-1848, 1 volume. Orderly book (1847 February 18-1848 May 17) containing printed orders issued by Scott and a few by Gen. William Orlando Butler during the Mexican War. Orders signed by Scott's aide, H. L. Scott.
Papers: In the Blair Family Papers, ca. 1755-1968, 29.5 linear feet. Correspondents include William Orlando Butler. A finding aid is available in the library.

University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: 1852, 1 item. A letter from William Orlando Butler to Mrs. J.A. Johnston written on May 9, 1852. The letter contains a poem entitled "To the Spirit of the Aeolean Harp."
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Blair, Francis Preston. The Life and Public Services of Gen. William O. Butler, with His Letters and Speeches on Various Subjects. Baltimore: Published by N. Hickman, 1848.

Roberts, G.F. "William O. Butler." Master's thesis, University of Kentucky, 1962.

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