Thomas B. Butler

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Thomas Belden Butler
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Chief Justice of the
Connecticut Supreme Court
In office
1870–1873
Preceded by William L. Storrs
Succeeded by Origen S. Seymour
Associate Justice of the
Connecticut Supreme Court
In office
1861–1873
Succeeded by James Phelps
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Preceded by Truman Smith
Succeeded by Origen S. Seymour
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th district
In office
1838–1840
Preceded by Charles Hawley
Succeeded by Joshua Ferris
In office
1848–1849
Preceded by Charles Marvin
Succeeded by Joshua Ferris
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from Norwalk
In office
1832–1834
Serving with John Loundsbury
Preceded by Eli Bennett,
David Roberts
Succeeded by Samuel Comstock,
Benjamin Isaacs
In office
1837–1838
Serving with Lewis Gregory
Preceded by Noah Wilcox,
Lewis Gregory
Succeeded by Lewis Gregory,
Timothy Merwin
In office
1843–1844
Serving with Matthew Wilcox
Preceded by Henry Selleck,
Matthew Wilcox
Succeeded by Algernon Beard,
Charles Thomas
In office
1846–1847
Serving with William S. Lockwood
Preceded by Algernon Beard,
William S. Lockwood
Succeeded by Samuel Jarvis,
Asa Hill
Personal details
Born (1806-08-22)August 22, 1806
Wethersfield, Connecticut
Died June 8, 1873(1873-06-08) (aged 66)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Resting place Union Cemetery
Norwalk, Connecticut
Political party Whig Party
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut
Alma mater Yale University (Medicine, 1828)
Occupation physician, lawyer

Thomas Belden Butler (August 22, 1806 – June 8, 1873) was a Whig politician from Connecticut. He was Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1870 to 1873. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th congressional district from 1849 to 1851. He had previously served as a member of the Connecticut Senate representing the 12th District from 1847 to 1848. In 1848, he was President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate.[1] He also had served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1832 to 1834, from 1837 to 1838, from 1843 to 1844, and from 1846 to 1847.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Butler was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, the son of Frederick Butler and Mary Belden. He attended the common schools. He was graduated from the medical department of Yale University in 1828 and commenced practice in Norwalk, Connecticut. Later, he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Norwalk.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

He served as member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1832 to 1846.[2][3]

He served in the Connecticut Senate in 1847 and 1848.

Butler was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress.

He served as judge of the superior court in 1855.He was appointed associate justice of the State supreme court in 1861 and became chief justice of the same court in 1870.

He died in Norwalk, Connecticut, June 8, 1873. He was interred in Union Cemetery in Norwalk.[2][3]

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Preceded by
Eli Bennett
David Roberts
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from Norwalk

1832–1834
With: John D. Lounsbury
Succeeded by
Samuel Comstock
Benjamin Isaacs
Preceded by
Noah Wilcox
Lewis Gregory
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from Norwalk

1837–1838
With: Lewis Gregory
Succeeded by
Lewis Gregory
Timothy Merwin
Preceded by
Charles Hawley
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th district

1838–1840
Succeeded by
Joshua Ferris
Preceded by
Henry Selleck
Matthew Wilcox
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from Norwalk

1843–1844
With: Matthew Wilcox
Succeeded by
Algernon Beard
Charles Thomas
Preceded by
Algernon Beard
William S. Lockwood
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from Norwalk

1846–1847
With: William S. Lockwood
Succeeded by
Samuel Jarvis
Asa Hill
Preceded by
Charles Marvin
Member of the
Connecticut Senate
from the 12th district

1848–1849
Succeeded by
Joshua Ferris
Preceded by
Truman Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Succeeded by
Origen S. Seymour
Preceded by
.
Associate Justice
of the
Connecticut Supreme Court

1861–1873
Succeeded by
James Phelps
Preceded by
William L. Storrs
Chief Justice
of the
Connecticut Supreme Court

1870–1873
Succeeded by
Origen S. Seymour