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James Butler

Full Name: James P. Butler
Death date: Deceased, date unknown

Terms of Service

(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

Other Resources

  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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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