Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Roderick Random Butler

Marker ID: THC 1A 96
Location: Johnson County, in Mountain City, North Church Street
County: Johnson
Coordinates: N 36° 28.65    W 081° 48.177
  36.4775    -81.80295
Waymark: None


Born in Wytheville, Virginia, April 8, 1827, he came to this county at the age of 14 as a tailor apprentice. During the Civil War, he served as Lt. Col. of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry. First elected in 1867, he was for 10 years a member of the U.S. Congress, and served in the state legislature for 24 years. He completed this house around 1870. In 1902 he died, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery.