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Bob Butler Biography

 
 
Bob Butler Biography Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
1. Bob Butler Biography Marker
Inscription.
Robert Butler was born Jan. 23, 1927 at 704 N. Garfield to Homer and Eva Clarida Butler. He has one brother, James William, younger than he. Bob attended Jefferson, Logan and Washington schools as well as Marion Township High School, graduating with the class of 1944. Even though WWII was raging, Bob managed to attend the University of Illinois under the Accelerated Wartime College Program for two semesters before entering the Army. He served in the 971st Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment in Korea prior to the Korean War before rejoining the civilian ranks.

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 Stateís 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 was the long time columnist for the Marion Daily Republican. His father had also been a State Legislator for many years and had also served on the Marion City Council and the Marion
Bob Butler Statue (<i>adjacent to the marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
2. Bob Butler Statue (adjacent to the marker)
High School Board. In addition to his fathersí political knowledge, his maternal grandfather, J.H. Clarida, had previously served as Marionís Mayor in the mid 1920ís.

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 Marionís 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 Illinois. Bobís leadership qualities probably were not tested as much as they were subsequent to the tornado that struck Marion in 1982 when he lead the city out of the terrible destruction
Bob Butler Biography Marker (<i>wide view; showing statue and related marker on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
3. Bob Butler Biography Marker (wide view; showing statue and related marker on left)
to even greater heights.

Perhaps Bobís 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.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located near the clock tower in Tower Square Plaza, facing west toward West Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1102 Tower Square Plaza, Marion IL 62959, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marion History (here, next to this marker); Marion Tornado Memorial (a few steps from this marker).
 
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 April 7, 2015, with 71.8 percent of the vote in
Bob Butler Biography Marker (<i>wide view; marker at right; Clock Tower Plaza in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 15, 2017
4. Bob Butler Biography Marker (wide view; marker at right; Clock Tower Plaza in background)
a three-way race. During his 14th term, he became the longest serving mayor in Illinois history, surpassing the records of his fellow Williamson County Mayor, Frank Caliper of Colp who served 52 years from 1935 to his death in 1987, and Donald Stephens of the tiny Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois who served 51 years from the village's incorporation in 1956 to his death in 2007. He resigned on January 31, 2018 for health reasons. At the time of his resignation, he was the second longest serving mayor in the United States. He was succeeded by Commissioner Anthony Rinella. (Submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. 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.
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