John Washington Butler

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John Washington Butler (December 17, 1875 – September 24, 1952) was an American farmer and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1923-1927.[1] He is most noted for introducing the Butler Act, which prohibited teaching of evolution in public (i.e. state) schools (and which was challenged in the Scopes Trial). He was an admirer of William Jennings Bryan.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Jeanette Keith, "John Washington Butler (1875-1952)," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  2. ^ Doug Linder, "John Washington Butler." Retrieved: 19 February 2013.