Charles W. Buttz

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Charles Wilson Buttz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
November 7, 1876 – March 3, 1877
Preceded by Edmund W.M. Mackey
Succeeded by Richard H. Cain
Member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from the 14th District
In office
January 6, 1903 – January 5, 1909
Personal details
Born November 16, 1837
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Died July 20, 1913(1913-07-20) (aged 75)
Lisbon, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Profession lawyer, politician, farmer
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861-1863
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg First Lieutenant
Union army maj rank insignia.jpg Brevet Major

Charles Wilson Buttz (November 16, 1837 – July 20, 1913) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Early life[edit]

Born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Buttz moved with his parents to White Township, New Jersey, in 1839. He went on to study law in Belvidere, New Jersey, and was admitted to the bar in 1863. He practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia and went on to serve as solicitor of the first judicial circuit between 1872 and 1880. Buttz joined the Union Army in 1861 as a second lieutenant in the Eleventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, gaining a promotion to first lieutenant in 1862. He was wounded in 1863, and in October of that year resigned his commission on account of impaired health. He received two brevet ranks from the President, one as captain and the other as major, both dating from May 1865. He was appointed director of the Exchange Bank of Virginia in 1864, and then Commonwealth attorney for King William County in 1866.

Political career[edit]

He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. In 1875, he contested as a Republican the election of Edmund W. M. Mackey to the Forty-fourth Congress, but the House decided that neither was entitled to the seat[clarification needed]. Buttz was subsequently elected to fill the vacancy caused by the decision of the House and served from November 7, 1876, to March 3, 1877. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876.

He moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1870, and later to Fargo, North Dakota, in 1878, where he was a bonanza farmer. There, he obtained the official organization of Ransom County in 1882, and served as State's attorney 1884-1886. He served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1903 to 1909.

He died in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota, July 20, 1913 and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

References[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edmund W.M. Mackey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

1876-1877
Succeeded by
Richard H. Cain