Butler was the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1887 to 1889.
He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1873 to 1875; and the representative for Tennessee’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1867 to 1873.
Butler faced an allegation of accepting money for recommending appointment to military academy. On Mar. 16, 1870, the Committee on Military Affairs recommended censure. On Mar. 16, 1870, the House of Representatives censured him, 150-0.
|Mar. 16, 1870||Committee on Military Affairs recommended censure|
|Mar. 16, 1870||House of Representatives censured, 150-0|
From Mar 1867 to Mar 1889, Butler missed 768 of 2,245 roll call votes, which is 34.2%. This is on par with the median of 32.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1889. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|Dec 1867-Feb 1868||4||2||50.0%||92nd|
|Dec 1868-Mar 1869||197||49||24.9%||77th|
|Dec 1869-Feb 1870||71||18||25.4%||80th|
|Dec 1870-Mar 1871||158||23||14.6%||33rd|
|Dec 1871-Feb 1872||89||32||36.0%||88th|
|Dec 1872-Mar 1873||150||8||5.3%||6th|
|Dec 1873-Feb 1874||78||10||12.8%||54th|
|Dec 1874-Mar 1875||235||71||30.2%||50th|
|Dec 1887-Feb 1888||39||11||28.2%||53rd|
|Dec 1888-Mar 1889||113||71||62.8%||87th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000