Major Archibald Willingham Butt

Archibald Willingham Butt

Major Archibald Willingham Butt, 45, was born on 26 September 1865.

A resident of Washington DC, USA, Major Butt boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his friend Francis D. Millet. Travelling as a first class passenger (ticket number 113050, £26 11s), Major Butt occupied cabin B-38 .

An influential military aide to President William Howard Taft and President Theodore Roosevelt, Archibald Butt was born into a prominent Augusta, Georgia, family. After his graduation in 1888 from the University of the South in Tennessee, Butt began a career in journalism, first writing for the Louisville Courier Journal and later as a reporter in Washington for a group of Southern newspapers. While working in Washington he became secretary of the Mexican Embassy with General "Matt" Ransom, Confederate officer and former United States senator from North Carolina.

In 1898 Butt left Mexico to enter the United States army as a lieutenant during the Spanish-American War, and decided to make the military a second career. He served in the Philippines from 1900 to 1906, then in Cuba before becoming military aide to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. Butt's health began to deteriorate in 1912 because of his attempts to remain neutral during the bitter personal quarrel between Roosevelt and Taft. Needing rest, he took six weeks' leave from the White House and sailed for Europe with his close friend Francis Millet, who was en-route to Rome on business at the American Academy which he directed. They were returning to Washington on the Titanic .

Following the disaster rumours circulated that Marie Grice Young had conversed with Major Butt during the sinking and she was forced to write to the president to set the record straight.

After their deaths the Millet-Butt Memorial Fountain was erected to their memory in Washington, DC.

Credits
Alan Hustak, Canada
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Craig Stringer, UK
Geoff Whitfield, UK

References and Sources
Contract Ticket List , White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Alan Yorker, USA (Titanic Commutator Vol: 23, No. 145, 1999)

Pictures

Major Archibald W. Butt, U.S.A.

(1912) 

MAJOR ARCHIBALD W. BUTT, U.S.A.

 
Major Archibald Willingham Butt

(1908) 

MAJOR ARCHIBALD WILLINGHAM BUTT

 
Major Archibald Willingham Butt (1)

(1909) 

MAJOR ARCHIBALD WILLINGHAM BUTT (1)

 
M. Fallieres sends messages to King George and President Taft

(1908) 

M. FALLIERES SENDS MESSAGES TO KING GEORGE AND PRESIDENT TAFT

 
Portraits of famous Titanic passengers

(1912) 

PORTRAITS OF FAMOUS TITANIC PASSENGERS

 
Major Archibald W. Butt

(1912) 

MAJOR ARCHIBALD W. BUTT

 
Archibald W. Butt

(1912) 

ARCHIBALD W. BUTT

 
Major Archibald Butt

MAJOR ARCHIBALD BUTT

 
Major Archibald Butt studio portrait

MAJOR ARCHIBALD BUTT STUDIO PORTRAIT

 
Archibald Butt

(1912) 

ARCHIBALD BUTT

 

Articles and Stories

MANILA HONORS BUTT

New York Times  (1914) 

MANILA HONORS BUTT

 
LIST OF WASHINGTONIANS ON FATED STEAMER GROWS

Washington Times  (1912) 

LIST OF WASHINGTONIANS ON FATED STEAMER GROWS

 
Epitaph for Major Butt

EPITAPH FOR MAJOR BUTT

 
Major Butt Destroyed Papers

Lincoln Daily News  (1912) 

MAJOR BUTT DESTROYED PAPERS

 
Loyal, says Taft of Butt

New York Post  (1912) 

LOYAL, SAYS TAFT OF BUTT

 
BUTT-MILLET MEMORIAL

New York Times  (1912) 

BUTT-MILLET MEMORIAL

 
CAPITAL RESIDENTS IN NEW YORK FOR CARPATHIA'S COMING

Washington Times  (1912) 

CAPITAL RESIDENTS IN NEW YORK FOR CARPATHIA'S COMING

 
NEW VERSION OF BUTT'S TRIP

New York Times  (1912) 

NEW VERSION OF BUTT'S TRIP

 
PRESIDENT'S AIDE AMONG PASSENGERS ON CRIPPLED SHIP

Washington Times  (1912) 

PRESIDENT'S AIDE AMONG PASSENGERS ON CRIPPLED SHIP

 
TAFT AT PRESS CLUB DINNER

New York Times  (1911) 

TAFT AT PRESS CLUB DINNER

 
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External Links

Arlington National Cemetery Web Site (Unofficial): A. Butt Page ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WEB SITE (UNOFFICIAL): A. BUTT PAGE  
The Illegitimate Daughter of Archibald Butt Titanica!  (2001)  THE ILLEGITIMATE DAUGHTER OF ARCHIBALD BUTT  
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