James Joseph Butler

James Joseph Butler ( born August 29, 1862 in St. Louis, Missouri, † May 31, 1917 ) was an American politician. Between 1901 and 1905 he represented two times the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Butler attended the public schools of his home and then completed an apprenticeship as a blacksmith. In this profession, he then worked for several years. Until 1881 he studied at the Saint Louis University. After a subsequent law degree from Washington University and his 1884 was admitted as a lawyer in St. Louis, he began to work in his new profession. Between 1886 and 1894 Butler was urban lawyer in St. Louis. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1900 was Butler in the twelfth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles Edward Pearce on March 4, 1901. Because of an election appeal his seat was declared vacant on June 28, 1902. Following a special election, he was able to exercise the mandate between November 4, 1902, the February 26, 1903 again. Then a new electoral appeal of George Wagoner was granted, so the 1903 was a congressman for the last days of the legislative period between February 26 and March 3. Since Butler but was re-elected in the regular elections of 1902, he was on March 4, 1903 Wagoner detached again and complete a full term in the U.S. House of Representatives until March 3, 1905.

After retiring from Congress James Butler practiced as a lawyer again. In the years 1904 and 1908 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions relevant. He died on 31 May 1917 in St. Louis.