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John Washington Butler
Birth: Nov. 17, 1875
Macon County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1952
Lafayette
Macon County
Tennessee, USA

Tennessee State Legislator. He was the author of Tennessee's “Anti-Evolution Bill” in 1925. During the 1925 session of the State House of Representatives, while representing three counties northeast of Nashville Tennessee along the Kentucky border, he introduced and secured passage of the anti-evolution teaching law. It was under this law that John Thomas Scopes was tried in Rhea County, Tennessee for violating this law. Scopes was defended by several lawyers, one being Clarence Darrow from Chicago, Illinois. William Jennings Bryan assisted the prosecution. Scopes was found guilty by a jury and fined $100.00 by Judge John Tate Raulston. (bio by: Dean Wilson) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Sampson Butler (1852 - 1936)
  Eliza Jane Hargis Butler (1855 - 1939)
 
 Spouse:
  Magnolia McDonald McDonald Butler (1875 - 1954)
 
 Siblings:
  John Washington Butler (1875 - 1952)
  Flora Florine Butler Jenkins (1893 - 1979)*
  Nora L Butler Joines (1896 - 1941)*
  Cora A Butler Pendarvis (1901 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Butler Cemetery
Lafayette
Macon County
Tennessee, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Dean Wilson
Record added: Jul 18, 2004
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John Washington Butler
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John Washington Butler
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