BUTTERWORTH, Benjamin, (1837 - 1898)


BUTTERWORTH, Benjamin, a Representative from Ohio; born near Maineville, Warren County, Ohio, October 22, 1837; attended the common schools of Warren County, the academy in Maineville, Ohio, and Ohio University in Athens; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Cincinnati, Ohio; appointed assistant United States district attorney in 1868; member of the State senate in 1874 and 1875; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880; Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; appointed a commissioner of the Northern Pacific Railroad by President Arthur in 1883; special Government counsel to prosecute the South Carolina election cases in 1883; elected to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Patents (Fifty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of his profession in Washington, D.C.; served as Commissioner of Patents from 1896 until his death in Thomasville, Ga., January 16, 1898; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.