Marion in Williamson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bob Butler Biography
After the war he returned to his studies and attended Southern Illinois University for a year and then transferred to University of Illinois. He graduated with a law degree in 1952 from the University of Illinois and along the way he married Louetta Sanders from near Pittsburg in 1951. He and Louetta became the parents of one daughter, Beth Ann.
He returned to Marion and became Assistant State’s Attorney for the County of Williamson serving until 1963 and got his indoctrination into the world of politics. Bob had not been immune to politics as his well-known father
In the local election of 1963, the citizens of Marion elected Robert Butler to be their Mayor, probably not realizing that the man they elected would be their Mayor into the 21st century. Mayor Bob may very well become the longest serving Mayor in Illinois. Bob recalls that his very first City Council meeting was cut short due to one of Marion’s largest commercial fires on the southeast corner of the square when several businesses burned.
In addition to his duties as Mayor and maintaining a law practice, Bob found time in 1970-1971 to serve as a delegate to the Illinois Constitution Convention that met in Springfield for about ten months. The constitution hammered out at this convention still serves Illinois to this date.
Under his solid leadership the City of Marion and even surrounding areas have prospered. Marion has expanded geographically greatly to almost twice its size in 1963. The population has greatly increased and Marion maintains is position as the economic and cultural leader of Southern
Perhaps Bob’s signature accomplishment was when he renamed Marion to be “The Hub of the Universe” a name that rivals that of Boston, Mass. It is hoped Bob will be leading our city for many years to come.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Government & Politics.
Location. 37° 43.848′ N, 88° 55.642′ W. Marker is in Marion, Illinois, in Williamson County. Marker is at the intersection of Tower Square Plaza and West Main Street, in the median on Tower Square Plaza. Marker is located near the clock tower in Tower Square Plaza, facing west toward West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1102 Tower Square Plaza, Marion IL 62959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marion History (here, next to this marker); Marion Tornado Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Old Ft. Massac and Kaskaskia Trail (approx. 15.7 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is the right-hand (south) end of a large granite monument which includes a sculpture of former Marion Mayor Robert Butler in the center and a related historical marker about the city of Marion on the left (north) end.
Also see . . . Robert L. Butler. Butler won his 14th election for mayor on (Submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.