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Daniel Webster Butler

  • Birth 12 Jan 1844 Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 25 Jan 1938 Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
  • Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
  • Memorial ID 28841862

DANIEL WEBSTER BUTLER, who was a familiar figure in the political circles of Oregon, was born in Muscatine, Iowa, January 12, 1848, a son of William and Caroline (Limbocker) Butler.
When he was but fifteen and a half years of age Daniel W. Butler laid aside his textbooks and enlisted in the Federal army in the Seventh Iowa Infantry, for service in the Civil war. He served under General Sherman for two years and was discharged at Davenport, Iowa. He saw active service throughout the time of his enlistment and was wounded at Resaca, Georgia. He was in the battle of Corinth and was also with Sherman on his march to the sea. After he was discharged from the army he returned to Iowa and engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in 1871 he removed to Kansas, where he took up a claim and made his home. About this time he became interested in the political issues of the day and in 1876 left the republican party and joined what was known as the greenback party. He participated in all the campaigns of this party and was active in the overthrow of the republican party in 1878 when W.E. Peffer was elected United States senator. In 1890 he came to Oregon, settling in Portland, where he immediately entered politics. He organized the Farmers Alliance and was appointed lecturer for that association. He made a strong fight for the initiative and referendum and measures of reform which the legislature had been dealing with. He was present when Judge Gaston joined the populist party. Few men have had more active political careers in this state. Whenever his influence is exerted for any man the latter's position is immediately strengthened.
Mr. Butler has been twice married. On the 10th of October, 1872, he was married to Mrs. Emma Henderson, of Kansas, whose birth occurred on the 20th of December, 1848, and who is a daughter of William Patterson. To this union two children were born: Richard, who is a railway conductor of Gooding, Idaho, and who is the father of one child, Arlene; and William, of Arlington, Oregon, who is superintendent of telephone construction and he is married and has three children, William, Cassidy and Daniel.
On the 21st of July, 1909, Mr. Butler was married to Miss Carrie K. Bentley. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Grand Army of the Republic, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs. Many of the advanced measures which have found their way into the political organization of Multnomah county have been initiated by Mr. Butler.
He is untiring in his efforts to further any cause from which he thinks benefit to the community may accrue, and he is one of the most genial, cordial and business-like men of Portland.
- From THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON 1811-1912
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Butler, Daniel
Butler-In this city, Daniel W. Butler, aged 94 years, late of 706 N.E. 75th, father of William Butler, Bell Cal., and Richard Butler of Klamath Falls, brother of A.H. Butler, Mena, Ark. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Gable Funeral Home, 225 N.E. 80th ave., under auspices of Scout Young camp, U.S.W.V. Friends invited. Interment Brainard cemetery. Comrade Butler was a member of Sumner post, No. 12, G.A.R. (January 28, 1938 The Oregonian Submitted by S. Williams)
Source: The Oregonian (Portland, OR) - January 28, 1938
Contributed by S. Williams.


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  • Created by: Randy Fletcher
  • Added: 7 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28841862
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Webster Butler (12 Jan 1844–25 Jan 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28841862, citing Brainard Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Randy Fletcher (contributor 46798805) .