12 Facts About Andrew Butler


Andrew Pickens Butler was a United States senator from South Carolina who authored the Kansas-Nebraska Act with Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois.

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Andrew Butler graduated from South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina.

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Andrew Butler was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives as a young man, and in 1824 was elected to the South Carolina Senate.

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Andrew Butler served two terms and part of a third in the state Senate before being appointed the judge of the session court in 1833.

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In 1835, Andrew Butler was appointed the judge of the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas.

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Andrew Butler was appointed to the United States Senate in 1846 as a States' Rights Democrat and elected thereafter to finish the term ending in 1849.

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Andrew Butler was re-elected by the South Carolina legislature to a full term in 1848 and again re-elected in 1854.

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Andrew Butler served in the Senate for the remainder of his life and was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during much of that time.

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Andrew Butler was a co-author with Stephen A Douglas of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

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South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks, the first cousin once removed of Andrew Butler, considered Sumner's speech an attack on his family honor.

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Andrew Butler later remarked that if present during the speech, he would have called Sumner to order, hoping to prevent further offense.

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Andrew Butler was buried in the Butler Family Cemetery near Saluda.

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