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Thomas Belden BUTLER

(1806-1873)

BUTLER, Thomas Belden, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Wethersfield, Conn., August 22, 1806; attended the common schools; was graduated from the medical department of Yale University in 1828 and commenced practice in Norwalk, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1832-1846; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Norwalk; served in the State senate in 1847 and 1848; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress; judge of the superior court in 1855; appointed associate justice of the State supreme court in 1861 and became chief justice of the same court in 1870; died in Norwalk, Conn., June 8, 1873; interment in Norwalk Cemetery.

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

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