MsC 233

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1951 -- 1953
40 items

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet:November 1997

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1971 by Mrs. G.G. Butler.

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Biographical Note

A Kansas native, Guy G. Butler (1887 -- 1961) spent most of his life in Iowa. His parents moved to Pocahontas County when he was but a year old. He attended public schools and graduated from high school in Rolfe, Iowa. In 1913, he graduated from Northwestern University as a dentist. His first dental practice was in Chicago. In 1916, Butler sailed for Japan where he became the holder of the seventh license ever issued to practice dentistry in the Imperial Japanese Empire. The following year he left for Siam where he was the dentist by royal appointment to the royal household of King Rama VI. In 1921, Butler married Suma Grenova of Odessa, Russia in Swatow, China. An accident which left him with nerve damage forced him to retire from dentistry. He moved back to Rolfe, Iowa in 1923. There he began a new career as a farmer and banker. Butler was founder, stockholder, director, and president of the Rolfe State Bank. He was active in many fraternal organizations, the Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Bankers Association.

A Republican, Butler served as chairman of the Pocahontas County Republican Central Committee. He was also a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention. His first elected office was as mayor of Rolfe. From there he went on to serve many terms as both a state representative and senator.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Guy G. Butler are comprised of only forty items dating from 1951 to 1953. They all relate to his service in the Iowa state legislature. Two scrapbooks, seven speeches, and one folder of correspondence with other legislators and constituents make up these papers.

 Box 1

Scrapbook #1. 55th General Assembly of the Iowa State Legislature, 1953

Scrapbook #2. @1947-@1959. Clippings, certificates, etc.

Seven typescript speeches.

Thirty-one letters from other congressmen and constituents.


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