Dowling Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I292839
  • Name: Matthew Calbraith BUTLER
  • RELA: 11th cousin 6x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 MAR 1836 in Greenville Co., SC
  • Event: Military service BET JUN 1861 AND 1865 Major General, Confederate Army
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from South Carolina BET 4 MAR 1877 AND 3 MAR 1895
  • Death: 14 APR 1909 in Columbia, Richland Co., SC
  • Title: Sen.
  • Event: Sound
  • Event: Pic Matthew Calbraith Butler
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  • Note:
    BUTLER, Matthew Calbraith, (grandson of William Butler [1759-1821], son of William Butler [1790-1850], and nephew of Andrew Pickens Butler), a Senator from South Carolina; born near Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., March 8, 1836; attended the local academy in Edgefield, S.C., and South Carolina College at Columbia; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Edgefield; elected to the State house of representatives in 1860; entered the Confederate Army as captain in June 1861 and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of major general; again elected to the State house of representatives in 1866; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor of South Carolina in 1870; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1876; reelected in 1882 and again in 1888 and served from March 4, 1877, until March 3, 1895; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment (Forty-sixth Congress), Committee on Interstate Commerce (Fifty-third Congress); resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; appointed major general of United States Volunteers during the Spanish-American War, and was one of the commissioners appointed to supervise the evacuation of Cuba by the Spanish forces in 1898; returned to Edgefield, S.C., and resumed the practice of law; died in Columbia, S.C., April 14, 1909; interment in Willow Brook Cemetery, Edgefield, S.C.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: William BUTLER , Jr. b: 1 FEB 1790 in Edgefield District, SC
    Mother: Jane Tweedy PERRY b: 10 NOV 1799 in Washington Co., RI

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
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