William Butler (1790–1850)

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William Butler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843
Preceded by Waddy Thompson, Jr.
Succeeded by Isaac E. Holmes
Personal details
Born (1790-02-01)February 1, 1790
Edgefield District, South Carolina
Died September 25, 1850(1850-09-25) (aged 60)
Fort Gibson, Indian Territory
Resting place Van Buren, Arkansas
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Jane Tweedy Perry
Alma mater South Carolina College
Profession Doctor, Indian agent
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1814–1820
Rank Surgeon
Battles/wars War of 1812

William Butler (February 1, 1790 – September 25, 1850) was a United States Representative from South Carolina. He was a son of William Butler (1759–1821), brother of Andrew Butler, and father of Matthew Calbraith Butler, all of whom served in the United States Congress. His brother Pierce Mason Butler was Governor of South Carolina from 1836 to 1838.

Butler was born near the present town of Saluda, South Carolina. He graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia, South Carolina in 1810. He had studied medicine and was licensed to practice. During the War of 1812, he served as a United States Navy surgeon at the Battle of New Orleans. While stationed in Rhode Island in 1819, he married Jane Tweedy Perry. She was a daughter of Christopher Raymond Perry, and was a sister to Oliver Hazard Perry and Matthew Calbraith Perry. Butler served in the Navy until June 6, 1820, when he resigned.

In 1825 he moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he began practice as a country doctor. He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843). He served as agent of the Cherokee Indians from May 29, 1849, until his death the following year in Fort Gibson, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). He was buried near Van Buren, Arkansas.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Waddy Thompson, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Isaac E. Holmes