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Archibald Butt

Archibald Butt
Lieutenant Archibald Butt in 1909.
Born Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid Clarendon Butt
(1865-09-26)September 26, 1865
Augusta, Georgia, U.S
Died April 15, 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 46)
RMS Titanic, Atlantic Ocean
Occupation Journalist, soldier, presidential aide

Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid Clarendon Butt[1] (September 26, 1865 – April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and United States Army officer. After a short career as a newspaper reporter, he served two years as the First Secretary of the American embassy in Mexico. He was commissioned in the United States Volunteers in 1900 and served in the Quartermaster Corps during the Philippine Insurrection. He gained notice for his work in logistics and animal husbandry, and received a commission in the regular United States Army in 1901. After brief postings in Washington, D.C., and Cuba, he was appointed military aide to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.


  • Early life 1
  • Military service 2
  • Service to two presidents 3
  • Sinking of the Titanic and death 4
  • Funerals, memorials, and papers 5
    • Memorials 5.1
    • Papers 5.2
  • Personal life 6
    • Sexuality 6.1
  • Awards 7
  • In fiction 8
  • References 9
  • Bibliography 10
  • External links 11

Early life

Archibald Butt was born in September 1865 in

  • Major Archibald Butt Writes Travel Agent Day Before Boarding Titanic
  • Archibald W. Butt Papers. Georgia Department of Archives and History.
  • Eulogy for Major Archibald Butt written by President William Howard Taft Shapell Manuscript Foundation
  • "Archibald Willingham Butt letters, 1908-1912." Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Emory University.

External links

  • Abbott, Lawrence F. "Introduction." In Butt, Archibald Willingham. The Letters of Archie Butt, Personal Aide to President Roosevelt. Lawrence F. Abbott, ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1924.
  • Anthony, Carl Sferrazza. Nellie Taft: The Unconventional First Lady of the Ragtime Era. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
  • "Archibald W. Butt." (No author given.) In Butt, Archibald W. Both Sides of the Shield. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1912.
  • Barczewski, Stephanie. Titanic: A Night Remembered. London: Hambledon Continuum, 2006.
  • Boyd, William K. "Introduction." in Boggs, William R. Military Reminiscences of Gen. Wm. R. Boggs, C.S.A. Durham, N.C.: The Seeman Printery, 1913.
  • Bromley, Michael L. William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency, 1909-1913. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2003.
  • "Butt, Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid." In The Encyclopedia of Louisville. John E. Kleber, ed. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.
  • Caplan, Bruce M. The Sinking of the Titanic. Seattle: Hara Publishing, 1997.
  • Garrison, Webb B. A Treasury of Titanic Tales. Nashville, Tenn: Rutledge Hill Press, 1998.
  • Gould, Lewis L. American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy. Florence, Ky.: Taylor & Francis, 2001.
  • Graff, Henry Franklin. The Presidents: A Reference History. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.
  • Hines, Stephen W. Titanic: One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World. Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2011.
  • Knight, Lucian Lamar. A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1917.
  • Lord, Walter. A Night to Remember. New York: Bantam Books, 1955. ISBN 0-553-27827-4
  • Lynch, Don. Titanic: An Illustrated History. New York: Hyperion, 1993.
  • Macfarland, Henry B.F. District of Columbia: Concise Biographies of Its Prominent and Representative Contemporary Citizens, and Valuable Statistical Data. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Press, 1909.
  • Matthews, John. Complete American Armoury and Blue Book: Combining 1903, 1907 and 1911-23 Editions. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield Co., 1995.
  • Maxtone-Graham, John. Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012.
  • McDaniel, Jeanne M. North Augusta: James U. Jackson's Dream. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2005.
  • Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex. New York: Modern Library, 2001.
  • Mowbray, Jay Henry. Sinking of the Titanic: Eyewitness Accounts. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 1998.
  • O'Toole, Patricia. When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006.
  • Peters, James Edward. Arlington National Cemetery: Shrine to America's Heroes. Bethesda, Md.: Woodbine House, 2000.
  • Roth, Russell. Muddy Glory: America's Indian Wars in the Philippines, 1899-1935. West Hanover, Mass.: Christopher Pub. House, 1981.
  • Schemmel, William. Georgia Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, 2011.
  • Smith, Elsdon Coles. The Story of Our Names. Detroit: Gale Research, 1970.
  • Spignesi, Stephen J. The Titanic for Dummies. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
  • Taft, William Howard. "Foreword." In Butt, Archibald W. Both Sides of the Shield. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1912.
  • Watterson, John Sayle. The Games Presidents Play: Sports and the Presidency. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.


  1. ^ Smith, p. 69.
  2. ^ a b Matthews, p. 161.
  3. ^ Boyd, p. viii-ix.
  4. ^ a b c Knight, p. 1457.
  5. ^ a b c "National Affairs: Dear Clara. Time. September 15, 1930.
  6. ^ a b c d "Archibald W. Butt," in Butt, Both Sides of the Shield, p. xiii.
  7. ^ Abbott, p. xiii.
  8. ^ a b Macfarland, p. 67.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Butt, Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid," in The Encyclopedia of Louisville, p. 150.
  10. ^ "Archibald W. Butt," in Butt, Both Sides of the Shield, p. xiv.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j April 16, 1912.New York Times."Major Archibald Butt." Accessed 2012-05-18.
  12. ^ Abbott, p. xviii.
  13. ^ "Archibald W. Butt," in Butt, Both Sides of the Shield, p. xv.
  14. ^ Bromley, p. 51.
  15. ^ "Archibald W. Butt," in Butt, Both Sides of the Shield, p. xv-xvi.
  16. ^ Butt's personal papers and memoirs claim the commission was made on January 2, 1900, which was the date of his commission in the Volunteers. But the commission was recommended by William Howard Taft, who was chairman of the Philippine–American War. Taft made the recommendation that Butt receive a commission in the Army to Secretary of War Elihu Root on January 7, 1901. In this matter it is important distinguish between a commission in the United States Volunteers and the Regular Army. See: Bromley, p. 52.
  17. ^ Roth, p. 256.
  18. ^ a b c Bromley, p. 52.
  19. ^ "Archibald W. Butt," in Butt, Both Sides of the Shield, p. xvii.
  20. ^ Gould, p. 208.
  21. ^ Morris, p. 529.
  22. ^ Watterson, p. 388.
  23. ^ a b c Davenport-Hines, Richard. "The History Page: Unsinkable Love." The Daily. March 20, 2012. Accessed 2012-05-18.
  24. ^ "Taft Tosses Ball." Washington Post. April 15, 1910; "Nationals Win, 8 to 5, as 16,000 Cheer Them." Washington Post. April 13, 1911.
  25. ^ April 2, 2007.Washington Post.Duggan, Paul. "Balking at the First Pitch." Accessed 2012-03-22.
  26. ^ Army Register 1912 pg. 23
  27. ^ Members of the Society of the Cincinnati, 1929. pg. 37.
  28. ^ Abbott, p. xi-x.
  29. ^ Garrison, p. 89.
  30. ^ Bromley, p. 326.
  31. ^ "Major Butt on Sick Leave." New York Times. March 1, 1912.
  32. ^ Lynch, p. 84.
  33. ^  
  34. ^ Caplan, p. 55-57.
  35. ^ "The Tragedy of the Titanic—A Complete Story." New York Times. April 28, 1912.
  36. ^ a b c Caplan, p. 55.
  37. ^ Lord, p. 78.
  38. ^ Bromley, p. 329-330.
  39. ^ Mowbray, p. 113.
  40. ^ Barczewski, p. 60.
  41. ^ Spignesi, p. 42.
  42. ^ Hines, p. 145.
  43. ^ Barczewski, p. 27.
  44. ^ Maxtone-Graham notes that if the eyewitnesses had been where they claimed, they would have had to travel aft and down a deck to loop through the smoking room, a highly improbable journey if they were seeking to abandon ship. See: Maxtone-Graham, p. 76.
  45. ^ Schemmel, p. 148.
  46. ^ Quote in Mowbray, p. xvi.
  47. ^ "Taft in Tears as He Lauds Major Butt." New York Times. May 6, 1912.
  48. ^ Peters, p. 217; "Monument for Major Butt, Titanic Victim." The Reporter. May 1913, p. 35.
  49. ^ April 11, 2012.Government Executive."Federal Official, Titanic Hero." Accessed 2012-05-18.
  50. ^ "Memorial to Titanic Dead." Washington Post. October 26, 1913.
  51. ^ McDaniel, p. 108.
  52. ^  
  53. ^ "Atlantic Coast Notes." The American Marine Engineer. June 1920, p. 30.
  54. ^ February 13, 2012.The Post and Courier.Behre, Robert. "No Ifs, Ands, or Butts, It's Sawyer." Accessed 2012-04-13.
  55. ^ Gould, p. 224.
  56. ^ April 28-May 4, 1994, p. 6.The Athens Observer.Wilkes, Jr., Donald E. "On the Titanic: Archie Butt." Accessed 2012-05-18.
  57. ^ a b O'Toole, p. 408.
  58. ^ Graff, p. 363.
  59. ^ Brewster, Hugh (2013). Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World. Broadway Books; Reprint edition.  
  60. ^ "Maj. Butt's Home Sold." Washington Post. November 22, 1912.
  61. ^ Taft, p. viii.
  62. ^ a b Anthony, p. 484.
  63. ^ "Archibald C. Butt Was to Have Been Married This Fall." Denver Post. April 18, 1912.
  64. ^ "Funeral Services for Millet." New York Times. May 2, 1912.
  65. ^ April 13, 2012.Gay Star News. Passengers Were Gay." TitanicPrior, Will. "Historian Says Famous Accessed 2012-05-18.
  66. ^ Gifford, James. "James Gifford: Archie Butt." April 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-05-18.
  67. ^ Brewster, p 48.


Butt appears in the 2014 novel The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy, where he is depicted as President Taft's closest friend and companion aboard a fictitious presidential dirigible "Airship One," which Butt pilots. The book uses period newspaper articles to report Butt's promotion from Captain to Major and even makes use of his letters to his sister Clara. Butt plays a major role in the story and is listed as one of its four main characters on the book's website. His death is depicted as a climactic showdown between the US and King Leopold II of Belgium aboard the Titanic.

Michael Bockman's 2012 novel, The Titanic Plan, features Archibald Butt as the major character in a historical-based novel involving leading industrialists and banking magnates of the day, and their plan to establish an illegal national commerce monopoly that would yield massive power and political influence to a few super-wealthy men.

James Walker's 1998 novel, Murder on the Titanic, includes Butt as a minor character.

Butt appears and plays a significant role in Jack Finney's time travel novel, From Time to Time. In this novel, Butt is sent to Europe by President Taft and former President Roosevelt in an effort to stave off World War I. In Europe, he apparently gets the necessary assurances to make a European war impossible. However, even when informed of the ship's approaching sinking by the time traveling protagonist, he refuses to save himself and his mission when women and children will perish. His mission fails with his death.

In fiction


Titanic historian Hugh Brewster contends that Butts' roommate and companion, Frank Millet, was homosexual, citing a cache of explicit love letters, dating from 1874, from Millet to San Francisco poet and writer Charles Warren Stoddard.[67]

Of course there is no conclusive evidence that Archibald Butt was gay, and I find it highly unlikely, given Archie's careful self-image control, that he ever committed to paper any overt thoughts of such a nature. He was too canny an individual for that, too conscious of the risk in military and political ranks, where such an idea would have put a quick end to any hopes of advancement. So I can only suggest that my research results in an "impression" that he was homosexual.

Historian James Gifford tentatively agrees. He points out that there is clear documentary evidence that Millet had at least one homosexual affair previously in his life (with the American writer Charles Warren Stoddard).[65] But any conclusion, Gifford says, must remain tentative:[66]

The enduring partnership of Butt and Millet was an early case of "Don't ask, don't tell." Washington insiders tried not to focus too closely on the men's relationship, but they recognized their mutual affection. They were together in death as in life.

Some speculation exists that Butt was a homosexual. Historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony has written that Taft's explanation only "vaguely addressed" the real reason Butt never married.[62] Davenport-Hines, however, believes Butt and Millet were gay lovers. He wrote in 2012:[23]


Millet's body was recovered after the sinking and was buried in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.[64]

Throughout his adult life Archie shared his quarters with different people. At the time he had Frank Millet as a housemate he also had as many as three additional people sharing his quarters. This was a common practice to cut down expenses. In addition, not only had Frank Millet's affair with Stoddard ended many years before he met Archie, he had also married and fathered four children. He was very devoted to his wife Lilly and roomed with Archie when he needed to be in Washington where he had a studio.

A wide range of reasons were given why Butt never seemed interested in women. Chief among these was that Butt loved his own mother so much that there was little room for anyone else. Even Taft thought this explanation was true.[61] At the time of Butt's death, rumors swirled that he was about to lose his lifelong bachelor status. News accounts said he had a teenage mistress who either was carrying their unborn child or who had already given birth to a baby, or that Butt was engaged to a Colorado woman. None of these rumors was true.[62][63]

Butt lived in a large mansion at 2000 G Street NW[60] with the painter Francis Davis Millet. "Millet, my artist friend who lives with me" was Butt's designation for his companion. They were known for throwing spartan but large parties that were attended by members of Congress, justices of the Supreme Court, and President Taft himself.[23]

Personal life

Butt's letters are housed in the Georgia Department of Archives and History in Emory University in Atlanta.[57][59]

During his time serving Roosevelt and Taft, Butt wrote almost daily letters to his sister Clara. These letters are a key source of information on the more private events of these two presidencies and provide insights into the respective characters of Roosevelt and Taft.[5][55] [56] These letters (which overlap somewhat) have been published twice. The first collection, The Letters of Archie Butt, Personal Aide to President Roosevelt, was issued in 1924.[57] A second set of letters, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, was published in two volumes in 1930 after Taft's death.[58]


A government supply boat made of concrete was also named after Butt. It was one of nine experimental craft (all named for deceased members of the Quartermaster Corps) built by the Newport Shipbuilding Corporation in 1920 in New Bern, North Carolina.[53] It was sold to an aquarium in Miami, Florida in 1934 and was later sunk or scuttled in Biscayne Bay.[54]

Sculptor [52]

Several memorials to Butt were created over the years. A Butt Memorial Bridge was dedicated in 1914 by Taft.[51] The Washington National Cathedral contains a large plaque dedicated to Major Archibald Butt; it can be found on the wall in the museum store.


At a second ceremony, held in Washington, D.C., on May 5, Taft broke down and wept, bringing his eulogy to an abrupt end.[47]

If Archie could have selected a time to die he would have chosen the one God gave him. His life was spent in self–sacrifice, serving others. His forgetfulness of self had become a part of his nature. Everybody who knew him called him Archie. I couldn't prepare anything in advance to say here. I tried, but couldn't. He was too near me. He was loyal to my predecessor, Mr. Roosevelt, who selected him to be military aide, and to me he had become as a son or a brother.

On May 2, 1912, a memorial service was held in the Butt family home with 1,500 mourners, including President Taft, attending. Taft spoke at the service, saying:[46]

Funerals, memorials, and papers

Butt perished on the Titanic but his body was never recovered.[45]

Even Butt's final moments remain in dispute. Dr. Washington Dodge says he saw John Jacob Astor and Butt standing near the bridge as the ship went down.[39] Dodge's account is highly unlikely, as his lifeboat was more than 0.5 miles (0.80 km) away from the ship at the time it sank.[40] Other eyewitnesses say they saw him standing calmly on deck[41] or standing side-by-side with Astor waving goodbye.[42] Several accounts had Butt returning to the smoking room, where he stood quietly or resumed his card game.[43] But these accounts have been disputed by author John Maxtone-Graham.[44]

Butt's actions while the ship sank are largely unverified, but many accounts of a typically sensationalist nature were published by newspapers after the disaster. One account had the ship's captain, Edward J. Smith, telling Butt that the ship was doomed, after which Butt began to act like a ship's officer and supervised the loading and lowering of lifeboats.[34] The New York Times also claimed that Butt herded women and children into lifeboats.[35] Another account said that Butt, a gun in his hand, prevented panicked male passengers from storming the lifeboats.[36] Yet another version of events said Butt yanked a man out of one of the lifeboats so that a woman could board. In this story, Butt declared, "Sorry, women will be attended to first or I'll break every damned bone in your body!"[36] One account tells of Butt preventing desperate steerage passengers from breaking into the first class areas in a desperate attempt to escape the sinking ship.[36] Walter Lord's book A Night to Remember disagrees with claims that Butt acted like an officer. Lord says Butt most likely quietly observed the ship's evacuation.[37] Many newspapers repeated a story allegedly told by Marie Young. This tale says that Butt helped her into Lifeboat No. 8, tucked a blanket about her, and said, "Goodbye, Miss Young. Luck is with you. Will you kindly remember me to all the folks back home?" Young later wrote to President Taft denying she ever told such a story.[38]

Butt left on a six-week vacation to Europe on March 1, 1912, accompanied by Millet.[31] Butt booked passage on the RMS Titanic for his return to the United States. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton, United Kingdom, on April 10, 1912; his partner Millet boarded the ship at Cherbourg, France, later that same day. Butt was playing cards on the night of April 14 in the first-class smoking room when the Titanic struck an iceberg.[32] The ship sank two and a half hours later, with a loss of over 1,500 lives.[33]

Sinking of the Titanic and death

By 1912, Taft's first term was coming to an end. Roosevelt, who had fallen out with Taft, was known to be considering a run for president against him. Close to both men and fiercely loyal, Butt began to suffer from depression and exhaustion.[28] Butt's housemate and friend Francis Davis Millet (himself one of Taft's circle) asked Taft to give him a leave of absence to recuperate before the presidential primaries began. Taft agreed and ordered Butt to go on vacation.[29] Butt was on no official business, but anti-Catholic newspapers and politicians accused Butt of being on a secret mission to win the support of Pope Pius X in the upcoming election. Butt did intend to meet with Pius, and he carried with him a personal letter from Taft. But the letter merely thanked the pope for elevating three Americans to the rank of cardinal, and asked what the social protocol was for greeting them at functions.[9][30]

On March 3, 1911, Butt was promoted to the rank of major in the Quartermaster Corps,[26] and later that year he became a member of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati by right of his descent from his great (4) grandfather Lieutenant Robert Moseley, a veteran of the American Revolution.[27] Butt was also a member of the Society of Colonial Wars and the Sons of the American Revolution.

When William Howard Taft became president in March 1909, he asked Butt to stay on as military aide. Butt continued to serve as a social functionary for Taft, but he also proved to have strong negotiating skills and a good head for numbers, which enabled him to become Taft's de facto chief negotiator on federal budget issues.[18] Butt accompanied President Taft when he threw out the first ball at the first home game of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals in 1910 and 1911.[24] Butt died at sea shortly before the season-opening game in 1912 and Taft, according to the Washington Post, was overcome and "could not be present for obvious reasons."[25]

Butt became one of Roosevelt's closest companions.[21] Although Butt was stout, he and Roosevelt were constantly going climbing, hiking, horseback riding, running, swimming, and playing tennis.[22] Butt also quickly organized the chaotic White House receptions, transforming them from exhausting, hours-long events fraught with social missteps into efficient, orderly events.[11][23]

Butt was recalled to Washington in March 1908. President Theodore Roosevelt asked him to serve as his military aide in April 1908[20]—just a month after Butt's return to the United States.[11] There were several reasons why Roosevelt chose Butt. Among them were that Roosevelt had become acquainted with Butt's organizational skills in the Philippines and was impressed by his hard work and thoughtfulness.[11] The other was that Taft recommended Butt, whom he knew well from their time together overseas.[9]

Butt (left, in uniform) on the White House portico with Robert Baden-Powell, President Taft, and British ambassador Lord Bryce in February 1912.

Service to two presidents

[19].Havana He was named Depot Quartermaster in [18] In 1906, when a revolution against [18] In 1904, Butt was ordered to return to Washington, D.C., where he was appointed Depot Quartermaster. He was the lowest-ranking officer ever to hold this important position within the Quartermaster Corps.

[17] and had a major role in founding the [11] Butt's social activities continued while he was in the Philippines. He was secretary of the Army and Navy Club,

On June 30, 1901 Butt was discharged from the Volunteers and received a commission as a captain in the Regular Army retroactive to February 2, 1901.[16]

Butt was assigned as an assistant quartermaster (i.e. a supply officer).[9] He was ordered to take the transport ship Sumner through the Suez Canal and proceed to The Philippines. But he was eager to get into the war, and secured a change in orders that sent him from San Francisco, California, aboard the USS Dorothea Dix.[11] Butt's new orders required him to stop in Hawaii with his cargo of 500 mules. But he found the price of feed and stables so high and the quarters for the animals so poor that he disobeyed orders and continued on to the Philippines. Although this risked the lives of his animals (and possible court-martial), none of the mules died en route and Butt was praised for his initiative.[11][14] Butt remained in the Philippines until 1904, writing numerous treatises on the care of animals in the tropics and on military transportation and logistics. His reports won him significant praise by military officials.[15]

On January 2, 1900, Butt was commissioned as a captain in the United States Volunteers (an all-volunteer group which was not part of the regular United States Army but was under the regular Army's control). He had long admired the military, and no one in his immediate family was serving in the armed forces at the time the Spanish–American War broke out. Although Butt's literary career was taking off, his family's long involvement with the military and his desire to represent his family in the army during the war led him to enlist.[13] Adjutant General of the U.S. Army Henry Clarke Corbin was influential in encouraging him to enlist.[11]

Military service

Butt was a popular figure in D.C. social circles, and made numerous important acquaintances during his time in the capital.[11] When former Senator Matt Ransom was appointed United States Ambassador to Mexico in August 1895, he asked Butt to be the embassy's First Secretary.[12] Butt wrote several articles for American magazines and published several novels while in Mexico.[11] He returned to the United States in 1897 after Ransom's term as ambassador ended.

After taking graduate level courses in Greek and Latin,[8] Butt traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to meet with Castleman.[9] While in that city, he met Henry Watterson, founder of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Watterson hired him as a reporter, and Butt remained in Louisville for three years.[9] Butt left the Courier-Journal and worked for the Macon Telegraph for a year before moving to Washington, D.C.[10] He covered national affairs for several Southern newspapers, including the Atlanta Constitution, Augusta Chronicle, Nashville Banner, and Savannah Morning News.[11]

With the financial help of the Reverend Edwin G. Weed (who later became the Episcopal Bishop of Florida), Butt attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.[6] His mother worked as a librarian at the university,[5] where she lived rent-free in an apartment in the library.[7] While in college, he became interested in journalism and eventually was named editor of the college newspaper. Butt became acquainted with John Breckinridge Castleman, a former CSA major and guerrilla fighter during the American Civil War and who was, by 1883, Adjutant General of the Kentucky Militia.[6] He joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity,[8] and graduated in 1888.[9]

[4] Pamela Butt wished for her son to enter the clergy.[6] Butt's father died when he was 14 years old, and Butt went to work to support his mother, sister, and younger brother.[6] including Summerville Academy.[4] Butt attended various local schools while growing up,[5] and the family was poor.[4] He had two older brothers (Edward and Lewis), a younger brother (John), and a sister (Clara),[3] (CSA).Confederate States Army of the William R. Boggs He was the nephew of General [2] during the same conflict.Continental Army. His great-grandfather, Josiah Butt, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the American Revolutionary War His grandfather, Archibald Butt, served in the [2]

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