Paul Butler (lawyer)

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Paul Butler
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
Preceded by Stephen Mitchell
Succeeded by Henry M. Jackson
Personal details
Paul Mulholland Butler

(1905-06-15)June 15, 1905
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 30, 1961(1961-12-30) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of Notre Dame ( LLB)

Paul Mulholland Butler (1905 – 1961) [1] was an American lawyer and, more significantly, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1955 until 1960.

After being active in Indiana Democratic Party politics, Butler was named to the Democratic National Committee in 1952, when he was a staunch ally of Adlai Stevenson. He later became DNC chairman and used the post to articulate policy positions in opposition to the Eisenhower administration. Butler's liberal ideology was opposed by conservative and moderate Democrats.


  1. ^ "Paul M. Butler Is Dead at 56; Former Democratic Chairman". The New York Times. 1961-12-31. pp. 1, 48, sec. 1.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Mitchell
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Succeeded by
Henry M. Jackson