Thomas Butler (Louisiana politician)

Thomas Butler (* April 14, 1785 at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, † August 7, 1847 in St. Louis, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1818 and 1821 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Butler attended the public schools of his home in Pennsylvania as well as a college in Pittsburgh. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1806 admitted to the bar he began in Pittsburgh to work in his new profession. Around the year 1807 drew Butler in the Mississippi Territory. There he was admitted in 1808 as a lawyer. In his new home in Butler in 1810 captain of the territorial militia in the year. In 1811, Butler moved into the West Feliciana Parish in Orleans Territory. There he ran a cotton and sugar plantation. In 1812 he was appointed District Judge. A year later he became a judge for the third judicial district of the now established in the State of Louisiana. Politically, Butler was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party.

Following the resignation of Mr Thomas B. Robertson Butler was at the due election for the first parliamentary seat of Louisiana as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 16 November 1818. Since he was confirmed in the regular congressional elections of 1818, he could remain until March 3, 1821 in Congress. For the elections of 1820 he was not nominated by his party for another term of office.

In the years 1822 and 1840, Thomas Butler was for a short time judges in the third judicial district of Louisiana, respectively. In the 1830s he became a member of the Whig party and later he joined the short-lived American Party. Butler also was a member of the Board of Trustees of Louisiana College and Louisiana Historical Society. In the years after his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he managed his plantations and worked as a lawyer. In 1844 he renewed candidacy for Congress was offered. But this he declined for health reasons.

Thomas Butler died on August 7, 1847 in St. Louis, and was buried on his plantation " The Cottage " in West Feliciana Parish. He was married to Ann Ellis Butler (1796-1878), with whom he had seven children.