Butler, Roderick Random

Life Span
to
Full name
Roderick Random Butler
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Slave State
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
11
Family

George Butler (father), Nancy Anne Leitch (mother), Emeline Jane Donnelly (wife).

Occupation
Politician
Military
Attorney or Judge
Other
Other Occupation
Tailor's apprentice
Political Parties
Republican
Other Affiliations
Masons
Government
Fillmore Administration (1850-53)
US House of Representatives
State legislature
State judge
Military
Union Army

Roderick Randum Butler (Congressional Biographical Directory)

Reference
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 House of Representatives on March 17, 1870, for corruption in regard to an appointment to 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 in 1888; resumed the practice of law; died in Mountain City, Johnson County, Tenn., August 18, 1902; interment in Mountain View Cemetery.
"Butler, Roderick Randum," Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B001188.
How to Cite This Page: "Butler, Roderick Random," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/index.php/node/12910.