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Josiah BUTLER

(1779-1854)

BUTLER, Josiah, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Pelham, N.H., December 4, 1779; attended the Londonderry and Atkinson Academies and was instructed by private tutors; was graduated from Harvard University in 1803; taught school in Virginia for three years; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Virginia in 1807; returned to Pelham, N.H., and commenced practice in 1807; moved to Deerfield in 1809; sheriff of Rockingham County 1810-1813; clerk of the court of common pleas; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; member of the State house of representatives in 1815 and 1816; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1823); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Seventeenth Congress); associate justice of the State court of common pleas 1825-1835; died in Deerfield, Rockingham County, N.H., October 27, 1854; interment in Granite Cemetery, South Deerfield, N.H.

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

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