BUTLER, William, (1790 - 1850)


BUTLER, William, (son of William Butler [1759-1821], brother of Andrew Pickens Butler, and father of Matthew Calbraith Butler), a Representative from South Carolina; born in the Edgefield District, S.C., near the present town of Saluda, February 1, 1790; attended the common schools, and was graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1810; studied medicine and was licensed to practice; served as a surgeon in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812; continued his service in the Navy until June 6, 1820, when he resigned; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); agent of the Cherokee Indians from May 29, 1849, until his death in Fort Gibson, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), September 25, 1850; interment near Van Buren, Ark.