Profession: Signer of the U.S. Constitution
Born in Ireland in 1744, Butler served in the British military before emigrating to South Carolina in 1773. From 1778 to 1789 he served in the South Carolina legislature and was an advocate for a strong central government. In 1787 he was elected as one of South Carolina's four delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and was a signer of the United States Constitution. In 1789 Butler was elected as South Carolina's first United States Senator, where he served for ten years.