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James Butler
Full Name: James P. Butler
Date of death: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 15 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 14, 1873 12th (1) (2) (3)   Radical Republican Huntsville / Walker Speaker Pro Tem, 2/8/1870.   Grimes, Madison, Walker
(1) James P. Butler served as subassistant commissioner for the Freedmen's Bureau. He resigned his bureau job and "later was elected to the new legislature as a Republican representative for the district of Walker, Grimes, and Madison counties, p. 183. Overreached on All Sides: the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas Administrators, 1865-1868, 1991.
(2) The first appointee having declined, J.P. Butler designated provisional speaker by General J.J. Reynolds, pp. 288-289. Reconstruction in Texas, 1910.
(3) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Other Resources
  • General Reynolds directed the 12th [Provisional] Legislature to assemble on February 8, 1870 "and appointed a carpet-bagger named Butler as speaker for the called term," p. 181, Texas Under Many Flags, HeritageQuest Online.
  • Listed in Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair 1930, pp. 205-209, "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. HeritageQuest Online.
  • George Ruby and James P. Butler mentioned in account of the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869. The Howling of the Coyotes: Reconstruction Efforts to Divide Texas, 1979.
  • Butler served as subassistant commissioner for the Freedmen's Bureau in 1867, p. 183. Overreached on All Sides: the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas Administrators, 1865-1868, 1991.
  • Committee Informationtop
    12th Adjourned - 1871
    State Affairs (Chair) 
    12th R.S. - 1871
    Internal Improvements  
    Militia  
    Penitentiary (Chair) 
    12th 1st C.S. - 1870
    Internal Improvement  
    Mileage Schedule (Chair) 
    Militia  
    Penitentiary (Chair) 
     

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