Walter Halben BUTLER, Congress, IA (1852-1931)


BUTLER, Walter Halben, a Representative from Iowa; born in Springboro, Crawford County, Pa., February 13, 1852; moved to Minnesota in 1868 with his parents, who settled in Mankato, Blue Earth County; attended public and private schools, and was graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1875; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Princeton, Green Lake County, Wis.; moved to Iowa in 1876 and taught school at La Porte City until 1878 and at Manchester until 1880; moved to West Union, Iowa, in 1883 and became owner and publisher of the Fayette County Union; served as superintendent of the tenth division, railway mail service, at St. Paul, Minn., 1885-1889; returned to West Union, Iowa, and resumed his former newspaper pursuits; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1897 and to Kansas City, Mo., in 1907; engaged in the real estate and loan business and, later, in banking; died in Kansas City, Mo., April 24, 1931; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present