|11th Governor of Vermont|
|Preceded by||Cornelius P. Van Ness|
|Succeeded by||Samuel C. Crafts|
September 24, 1763|
|Died||July 12, 1838
|Profession||Lawyer, judge, politician|
Butler was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts. In 1770 he moved with his parents to West Windsor, Vermont. His mother died while he was still a boy, and, after living with his elder brother for several years, he engaged in agricultural pursuits in Claremont, New Hampshire, until he was an adult. He served in the Continental Army for six months in 1779 during the American Revolution.
In 1785, Butler studied law in Waterbury, Vermont, and after he passed the bar, in 1786, he practiced law, and served as Town Clerk in 1790. In 1790, he began to think seriously on religious subjects, became a Baptist in 1791, and in 1800 began to preach at Bolton, Vermont. A Baptist church was organized in Waterbury in 1800, and he was its pastor for more than thirty years. He did not allow his ordination to the ministry to interfere with his public career.
Butler was one of the first three selectmen of Waterbury. He was elected member of the Vermont House of Representatives, an office he held from 1794 to 1797; from 1799 to 1804; in 1807; and in 1808. He was the first judge of the Chittenden County Court from 1803 to 1806; Chief Justice in Chittenden County from 1806 to 1811; and Chief Justice of Jefferson County from 1812 to 1825 (excepting periods of congressional service). He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress and a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1822.
- "Ezra Butler". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Butler, Ezra". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- "Ezra Butler". Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Ezra Butler". National Governors Association. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Ezra Butler". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Vermont Secretary of State, Legislative Directory, 1888, page 77
- "Ezra Butler". Find A Grave. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
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