William Riley Butler

Full Name: William Riley Butler
Date of birth: August 27, 1857
Date of death: May 23, 1935

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 66 Jan 9, 1917 - Jan 14, 1919 35th   Democrat Temple / Bell   Bell
H 66 Jan 12, 1915 - Jan 9, 1917 34th   Democrat Temple / Bell   Bell
H 66 Jan 14, 1913 - Jan 12, 1915 33rd (1)   Democrat Temple / Bell   Bell

(1) Candidate announcement of W.R. Butler of Temple, "ex-county judge of Bell County." "Candidate for Legislature," The Houston Post, 12/24/1911, p. 4. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • W.R. Butler, birth date 8/27/1857 in Illinois. Biographical sketch and photo, "Texas and Her Legislature (Legislative Section)," Members of Texas House of Representatives, 35th Legislature, 2/28/1917, p. 16. Fort Worth Record.
  • Biographical sketch, William R. Butler, Volume II, pp. 611-612. Born 8/27/1857 in Clinton County, Illinois. Former Bell County Judge (1904-1908). A History of Central and Western Texas, 1911.

Other Resources

  • William R. Butler, birth date 8/27/1857 in Illinois; death date 5/23/1935 in Temple, Bell County, Texas; lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
  • Judge William Riley Butler, birth date 8/11/1857, death date 5/23/1935, burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Temple, Bell County. Find a Grave.
  • Son William R. Butler's service in World War I, "William R. Butler, son of Representative W.R. Butler, and now Lieutenant Butler, said that it was good to come back home before going to the front." "Magnificent Crowd Assembles in Honor of Bell County's Soldiers," Temple Daily Telegram, 8/25/1917, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • 35th Legislature (1917) - W.R. Butler, postoffice Temple, nativity Illinois, age 59 (born circa 1858), 40 years in Texas, lawyer, member former legislatures: 33rd-34th, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Occupation and religious affiliation, 34th Legislature. "Occupations of Members of Legislative House," 3/14/1915, p. 4. Galveston Daily News.


  • Photograph. W.R. Butler, 35th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.R. Butler, 34th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.R. Butler, 33rd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

35th R.S. - 1917
Congressional Districts  
Liquor Traffic  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
Senatorial Districts  
Supreme Judicial Districts  
Women's Confederate Home, Investigate (Chair) 
34th R.S. - 1915
Constitutional Amendments  
Judiciary (Vice Chair) 
Reforms in Civil Procedure  
State Asylums  
33rd R.S. - 1913
Commerce and Manufactures  
Conduct of Newspaper Representatives, Investigate  
Reforms in Civil Procedure  
Reforms in Criminal Procedure  

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