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Chester Pierce BUTLER

(1798-1850)

BUTLER, Chester Pierce, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pa., March 21, 1798; attended Wilkes-Barre Academy and was graduated from Princeton College in 1817; trustee of Wilkes-Barre Academy 1818-1838 and served as secretary; studied law at Litchfield Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Wilkes-Barre; register and recorder of Luzerne County 1821-1824; member of the State house of representatives in 1832, 1838, 1839, and again in 1843; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1847, until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., October 5, 1850; interment in Hollenbeck Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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

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