Marion Butler

Marion Butler ( * May 20, 1863 in Clinton, North Carolina, June 3, 1938 † in Takoma Park, Maryland ) was an American politician of the Populist Party. He represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.


Marion Butler made ​​in 1885 graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; subsequently he spent three years as a teacher before he moved in 1888 to Clinton, where he was editor and publisher of the newspaper Clinton Caucasian. This he did also when he moved to Raleigh in 1894.

From 1894 to 1895 Butler served as president of the National Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union. Between 1891 and 1899 he was a member of the governing body of the University of North Carolina. In 1899, he studied himself then again the law and was admitted to the Bar Association.


His first mandate took Marion Butler in 1890 as a deputy in the Senate of North Carolina for the Populist Party was founded not long before. In 1894 he was chairman of the State committee to equate with the office of chairman, and was elected to the U.S. Senate. He belonged to the Congress of March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1901, missed the re-election.

The Executive Committee of the Populist Party was Butler before 1896-1904. During this time he led both major U.S. parties talks on a merger. The differences between the policy guidance at the state and federal level were clear: While the Populists in North Carolina generally cooperated with the Republicans, the merger was nationwide ahead with the Democrats, supported by Butler.

After the political career

Nevertheless, Butler concluded after the Populist Party had risen in the Democratic Party, the Republicans at, for which he, however, held no public office. Between 1923 and 1924 he provided assistance in building the cotton and tobacco marketing cooperative for the southern states. As a lawyer, he was still working well into old age in Washington.