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BUTLER, James Joseph, a Representative from Missouri; born in St. Louis, Mo., August 29,
1862; attended the public schools; served an apprenticeship as a blacksmith,
and worked at that trade for several years; was graduated from St. Louis (Mo.)
University in 1881; studied law at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; was
admitted to the bar in 1884 and commenced practice in St. Louis, Mo.; served as
city attorney of St. Louis 1886-1894; presented credentials as a Democratic
Member-elect to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1901, until
June 28, 1902, when the seat was declared vacant; subsequently presented
credentials as a Member-elect to fill the vacancy thus caused and served from
November 4, 1902, until February 26, 1903, when he was succeeded by George C.
R. Wagoner, who contested his election; elected as a Democrat to the
Fifty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1905); delegate to the Democratic
National Conventions in 1904 and 1908; resumed the practice of law in St.
Louis, Mo., and died there May 31, 1917; interment in Calvary Cemetery.