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

 
HENRY B. HARRIS, MAJ. ARCHIBALD BUTT, WILLIAM B. SILVEY

(1912) 

HENRY B. HARRIS, MAJ. ARCHIBALD BUTT, WILLIAM B. SILVEY

 
Newspaper photograph of Titanic victim Major Archibald Butt

(1912) 

NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH OF TITANIC VICTIM MAJOR ARCHIBALD BUTT

 
Familiar Photographs of Major Archibald Butt

(1912) 

FAMILIAR PHOTOGRAPHS OF MAJOR ARCHIBALD BUTT

 

Articles and Stories

MAJ. BUTT TOLD FRIENDS HE HAD FEAR OF MISHAP

Washington Herald  (1912) 

MAJ. BUTT TOLD FRIENDS HE HAD FEAR OF MISHAP

 
TAFT AT PRESS CLUB DINNER

New York Times  (1911) 

TAFT AT PRESS CLUB DINNER

 
MAJOR BUTT MADE HIS WILL IN FEAR OF DEATH

Unidentified Newspaper  (1912) 

MAJOR BUTT MADE HIS WILL IN FEAR OF DEATH

 
PRESIDENT'S AIDE AMONG PASSENGERS ON CRIPPLED SHIP

Washington Times  (1912) 

PRESIDENT'S AIDE AMONG PASSENGERS ON CRIPPLED SHIP

 
HOME NEWS GAVE CITY FIRST NEWS OF CARPATHIA'S LANDING

Daily Home News  (1912) 

HOME NEWS GAVE CITY FIRST NEWS OF CARPATHIA'S LANDING

 
ARCHIE PUT ME IN A LIFEBOAT

Washington Herald  (1912) 

ARCHIE PUT ME IN A LIFEBOAT

 
Epitaph for Major Butt

EPITAPH FOR MAJOR BUTT

 
MAJOR BUTT'S SUIT A WONDER

New York Times  (1912) 

MAJOR BUTT'S SUIT A WONDER

 
WIDENER WAS HEROIC TO END, SAYS FRIEND

Washington Times  (1912) 

WIDENER WAS HEROIC TO END, SAYS FRIEND

 
SURVIVOR TELLS OF THE HEROISM OF CLARENCE MOORE

Washington Times  (1912) 

SURVIVOR TELLS OF THE HEROISM OF CLARENCE MOORE

 
TAFT FEELS LOSS OF AIDE AS IF HE HAD BEEN BROTHER

Washington Times  (1912) 

TAFT FEELS LOSS OF AIDE AS IF HE HAD BEEN BROTHER

 
ROME NOW CROWDED

New York Times  (1912) 

ROME NOW CROWDED

 
NEW VERSION OF BUTT'S TRIP

New York Times  (1912) 

NEW VERSION OF BUTT'S TRIP

 
Friends of Major Butt Would Erect a Memorial Gymnasium at His Alma Mater, Sewanee, ...

New York Times  (1912) 

FRIENDS OF MAJOR BUTT WOULD ERECT A MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM AT HIS ALMA MATER, SEWANEE, ...

 
MONUMENT TO BUTT SOON

New York Times  (1913) 

MONUMENT TO BUTT SOON

 
FOR BUTT-MILLET MEMORIAL

New York Times  (1912) 

FOR BUTT-MILLET MEMORIAL

 
WHY MAJOR BUTT, THE PRESIDENT'S AIDE, WENT TO ROME

New York Times  (1912) 

WHY MAJOR BUTT, THE PRESIDENT'S AIDE, WENT TO ROME

 
MAJ. BUTT IS PAID TRIBUTE BY MASONS

Washington Herald  (1912) 

MAJ. BUTT IS PAID TRIBUTE BY MASONS

 
Jersey Women Tell Thrilling Tales

Daily Home News  (1912) 

JERSEY WOMEN TELL THRILLING TALES

 
ARCHIBALD C. BUTT WAS TO HAVE BEEN MARRIED THIS FALL

Denver Post  (1912) 

ARCHIBALD C. BUTT WAS TO HAVE BEEN MARRIED THIS FALL

 
Taft's Tribute to Butt

New York Times  (1912) 

TAFT'S TRIBUTE TO BUTT

 
LOUIS BUTT DIES HERE

New York Times  (1924) 

LOUIS BUTT DIES HERE

 
MANILA HONORS BUTT

New York Times  (1914) 

MANILA HONORS BUTT

 
TAFT DENIES BUTT WENT ON MISSION TO THANK PONTIFF

Washington Times  (1912) 

TAFT DENIES BUTT WENT ON MISSION TO THANK PONTIFF

 
300 OF TITANIC'S PASSENGERS WERE BOOKED AT PARIS

Chicago American  (1912) 

300 OF TITANIC'S PASSENGERS WERE BOOKED AT PARIS

 
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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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