The Making of a Senator: The Early Life of Hugh Butler

Senator Hugh Alfred Butler was one of Nebraska’s most well-known, but least understood politicians. The voters of Nebraska who elected Butler to the United States Senate three times knew him as a successful farmer from Cambridge or as a successful businessman from Omaha. Across the state, he was also known as a civic leader, a Christian gentleman, and a philanthropist.

Hugh Butler was all of these things, and the voters of / Nebraska respected and revered him for them. But he was more. He was an able politician and a man of determination resolved to fight for those things in which he believed and to do what was necessary to elect himself and other Republican candidates. Once in office, he spared neither effort nor money in assuring that he would be reelected.

Much is known about Hugh Butler’s life and career after his election to the Senate in 1940. However, little is known about the first sixty-two years of his life.

Read the entire story here.

Hugh Butler giving the Fay Johnson Butler Scholarship to the 1946 recipient.


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