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Earl Lauer Butz
Birth: Jul. 3, 1909
Albion (Noble County)
Noble County
Indiana, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 2008
Kensington (Montgomery County)
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

US Presidential Cabinet Member. Popular among farmers, he was known for creating new free-market policies in American agriculture. He took his first federal post, as assistant agriculture secretary under President Dwight Eisenhower, serving 1954 to 1957. In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed him the 18th US Secretary of Agriculture, serving under Nixon and President Ford until 1976. During his five years in Washington, net farm income more than doubled, farm exports tripled and 60 million acres of land in the United States held out of production by the government was released. In 1972, he went to the Soviet Union and reached an agreement to increase farm exports to the Soviets, opening new International trades for US famers. After he resigned in 1976, he served as dean of Purdue University College of Agriculture, Indiana until 1987. At his death, Butz was the oldest living former Cabinet member from any administration. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Herman L Butz (1886 - 1958)
  Ada T Lower Butz (1884 - 1976)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Emma Powell Butz (1911 - 1995)*
 
 Siblings:
  Earl Lauer Butz (1909 - 2008)
  Ruth Ella Butz Buffenbarger (1911 - 1995)*
  Verlo Ray Butz (1913 - 1998)*
  Margaret Marie Butz Howard (1919 - 1953)*
  Dale E Butz (1921 - 2003)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tippecanoe Memory Gardens
West Lafayette
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Feb 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24339026
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- Cindy
 Added: Jul. 3, 2014
Remembered 6 years later
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Feb. 2, 2014
His middle name was Lower (his mother's maiden name)not Laurer.
- Marcia Shears
 Added: Sep. 2, 2012
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