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Charles Wilson BUTTZ

(1837-1913)

BUTTZ, Charles Wilson, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pa., November 16, 1837; moved with his parents to Buttzville, N.J., in 1839; completed academic studies; studied law in Belvidere, N.J.; entered the Union Army in 1861 as second lieutenant in the Eleventh Pennsylvania Cavalry; was promoted to first lieutenant in 1862; was wounded in 1863; resigned on account of impaired health in October 1863; received two brevet ranks from the President, one as captain and the other as major, both dating May 1865; was admitted to the bar in 1863 and commenced the practice of law in Norfolk, Va.; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; appointed director of the Exchange Bank of Virginia in 1864; Commonwealth attorney for King William County in 1866; moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1870; solicitor of the first judicial circuit 1872-1880; contested as a Republican the election of Edmund W. M. Mackey to the Forty-fourth Congress, but the House decided that neither was entitled to the seat; subsequently elected to fill the vacancy caused by the decision of the House and served from November 7, 1876, to March 3, 1877; was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; moved to Fargo, N.Dak., in 1878; procured the official organization of Ransom County in 1882, and established his residence in what is now known as Buttzville, N.Dak.; State’s attorney 1884-1886; member of the State house of representatives 1903-1909; died in Lisbon, Ransom County, N.Dak., July 20, 1913; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

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