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James P. Butler

Full Name: James P. Butler
Birth date: 1843
Death date: May 1872

Terms of Service

  • House, 12th (1) (2) (3) (4) Legislature
    2/8/1870 - 1/14/1873
     
(1) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Qualified and took the oath of office on 2/8/1870. House Journal .
(2) 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.
(3) The first appointee having declined, J.P. Butler designated provisional speaker by General J.J. Reynolds, pp. 288-289. Reconstruction in Texas 1910.
(4) Party affiliation, Radical. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Listed in "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931," pp. 205-209. Includes Date, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. Early History of Grimes County 1930. Early History of Grimes County
  • 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.
  • Death notice, The Houston Telegraph, 5/30/1872, p. 3, crediting the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. "Hon. J.P. Butler, of San Antonio, is dead." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • 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," Volume I, p. 181. Texas Under Many Flags 1930.
  • 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.

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