Butler Derrick

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Butler Derrick
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by William Jennings Bryan Dorn
Succeeded by Lindsey Graham
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Edgefield County
In office
January 14, 1969 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Walter Hugh Clark
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born Butler Carson Derrick, Jr.
(1936-09-30)September 30, 1936
Springfield, Massachusetts
Died May 5, 2014(2014-05-05) (aged 77)
Easley, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of South Carolina (B.A.)
University of Georgia School of Law (LL.B.)
Profession Attorney

Butler Carson Derrick, Jr. (September 30, 1936 – May 5, 2014) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he attended the public schools in Mayesville and Florence, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1958 and earned an LL.B. from the University of Georgia Law School in 1965. He was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1965 and commenced practice in Edgefield; he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1969 to 1974, and was a delegate to the South Carolina State Democratic conventions in 1972 and 1974.

Derrick was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1974. That same year, he was elected to the House from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, succeeding longtime congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn. He was reelected nine times, only facing serious opposition in 1988.

After retirement from Congress, he was a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Washington, DC.

Derrick died of cancer at his home in Easley on May 5, 2014.[1]


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Jennings Bryan Dorn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

1975 – 1995
Succeeded by
Lindsey Graham