George William Butler

G W Butler

George William Butler (Sharkey County)

State House: 1884-1894

Born: May 1, 1855 in Port Gibson, MS

One of the last Black legislators in Mississippi until the late 1960s. According to Freedman’s Bank records dated 1870 in Vicksburg, his parents were Eugene and Frances, and he had siblings named Eugene and Maggie. Butler appears on the 1900 and 1910 census in Sharkey County, living with his mother.

New Mississippian, February 4, 1884
Vicksburg Herald, October 31, 1886
Clarion-Ledger, February 13, 1890
Springfield State Capital, April 30, 1892
Jackson Daily News, December 15, 1915