M. Caldwell Butler

U.S. Congressperson

1925 –

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Who is M. Caldwell Butler?

Manley Caldwell Butler is a U.S. Representative from Virginia, great grandson of James A. Walker.

Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Butler graduated from Jefferson Senior High School, Roanoke, Virginia, 1942. A.B., University of Richmond, 1948. LL.B., University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, 1950. Ensign, United States Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1950 and commenced practice in Roanoke. He was a lawyer in private practice.

Butler was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from Roanoke from 1962 to 1971, serving as chairman of the joint Republican caucus from 1964 to 1966, and as minority leader from 1966 to 1971.

Butler was elected simultaneously as a Republican to the Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Richard H. Poff, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses. As a freshman Republican and member of the Judiciary Committee in 1974, Butler received extensive attention for voting to impeach President Richard Nixon in the aftermath of the Watergate break in. He was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982. He resumed the practice of law in Roanoke. He is a resident of Roanoke, Virginia.

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Jun 2, 1925
  • United States of America
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Richmond
Lived in
  • Virginia

on July 23, 2013


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