3.     Thomas S. Butler (4 Oct 1855 - 26 May 1928)

a nephew of Judge William Butler, he was better known as Congressman rather than as a lawyer or judge.  He was the son of Samuel Butler and son-in-law of Smedley Darlington, two of Chester County's most influential Republicans.
Following his defeat for another term as Judge of Chester County in 1889 (by Joseph Hemphill, a Democrat), he was then appointed to serve out the unexpired term of Judge Futhey.  He was subsequently elected to the United States Congress where he would serve for 33 years.  While a member of Congress, he was Chairman of the Naval Committee.  When the Japanese gave the now famous Cherry Trees to our National Capital, Butler as a member of Congress received a seedling.  This tree is still standing and flourishes in the side yard of his old home at 228 West Miner Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Photo 2008 The Oaklands Cemetery
All Rights Reserved