M. Caldwell Butler

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M. Caldwell Butler
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
November 7, 1972 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Richard H. Poff
Succeeded by James R. Olin
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Roanoke City
In office
January 10, 1962 – 1971
Personal details
Born Manley Caldwell Butler
(1925-06-02)June 2, 1925
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 29, 2014(2014-07-29) (aged 89)
Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) June Butler
Relations James A. Walker (great-grandfather)
Children Henry N. Butler
Alma mater University of Richmond (A.B.)
University of Virginia (LL.B.)
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1946
Rank Ensign
Battles/wars World War II

Manley Caldwell Butler (June 2, 1925 – July 29, 2014) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia and a great-grandson of James A. Walker.


Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Butler graduated from Jefferson Senior High School there in 1942. A.B., University of Richmond (Virginia), 1948. LL.B., University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, 1950. Ensign, United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1950 and commenced practice in Roanoke. He was a lawyer in private practice.

Butler was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from Roanoke from 1962 to 1971, serving as chairman of the joint Republican caucus from 1964 to 1966, and as minority leader from 1966 to 1971.

Butler was elected simultaneously as a Republican to the Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Richard H. Poff, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (November 7, 1972 – January 3, 1983). As a freshman Republican and member of the Judiciary Committee in 1974, Butler received extensive attention for voting to impeach President Richard Nixon in the aftermath of the Watergate break in. He was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982. He resumed the practice of law in Roanoke. He was a resident of Roanoke, Virginia.

Butler died on July 29, 2014 at the age of 89. His wife June predeceased him the previous month.[1]

Bob Goodlatte, once a member of his staff, currently holds his former seat.


  • 1972; Butler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election with 99.91% of the vote, defeating Democrat Willis Martin Anderson and Independent Roy R. White. He was simultaneously re-elected in the general election with 99.92% of the vote, defeating Democrat Anderson and Independent White.
  • 1974; Butler was re-elected with 45.15% of the vote, defeating Democrat Paul J. Puckett and Independents Warren D. Saunders and Timothy A, McGay.
  • 1976; Butler was re-elected with 62.24% of the vote, defeating Independent Saunders.
  • 1978; Butler was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1980; Butler was re-elected unopposed.

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  1. ^ "Former Virginia Congressman Caldwell Butler dies - WTOP Mobile". Wtop.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard H. Poff
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jim Olin