Butler, William Orlando

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Full name
William Orlando Butler
Place of Birth
Burial Place
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Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Slave State
Education
Transylvania
Occupation
Politician
Attorney or Judge
Political Parties
Democratic
Government
US House of Representatives
State legislature
Military
US military (Pre-Civil War)

William Orlando Butler (Congressional Biographical Directory)

Reference
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.
"Butler, William Orlando," Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001197.
Chicago Style Entry Link
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. view record
How to Cite This Page: "Butler, William Orlando," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/index.php/node/11744.