Judge Edward F. Butler, Sr. is a retired U.S. Administrative Law Judge. Before serving in that position he served as Presiding Municipal Judge for South Padre Island, Texas. He is an honor graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, which he attended as a Ford Foundation Scholar. He was a board certified civil trial lawyer before assuming full time duties on the bench. He is the author of eleven books, three of which are on family history.
Judge Butler is a frequent seminar and after dinner speaker on historical and genealogical topics, and is a regular contributor to national and state historical and genealogical society journals and magazines. Since his retirement in 1997, he has devoted a considerable amount of his time and energy to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, where he served as President General, and Chairman of the Board of the SAR Foundation.
In March 2001, then SAR President General Larry D. McClanahan, appointed Judge Butler as the SAR Ambassador to México and Latin America. Judge Butler’s interest in Spain’s assistance to the colonists in the American Revolutionary War stems from his participation with the SAR in México for which he was the founder and Charter President. In 2010 he also founded the SAR Society in Spain.
Judge Butler previously served as Genealogist General of the national SAR before which he served as Genealogist for the Texas Society, SAR. He served for seven years as a member of the National SAR genealogy committee. He served for two years as genealogical editor of The Texas Compatriot, magazine of the Texas Society of SAR. He also published a monthly column for SAR chapter newsletters, entitled “The Genealogy Corner”. He was the author of the monthly historical column, “Remembering Yesterday”, carried in many Texas newspapers.
Judge Ed Butler was the 2009-2010 President General, National Society Sons of the American Revolution. In July 2011 he was made an Honorary Member of the Order of the Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez. In July 2012 he was the founder and Charter Grand Viscount General of the Order of the Founders of North America 1492-1692. His accomplishments have earned him inclusion in Whós Who in the World (Marquis 2011), Whós Who in America (2010), Whós Who in American Law, Whós Who in the South and Southwest, Whós Who in Practicing Attorneys (1989), Whós Who in Texas, Dictionary of International Biographees, and 2000 Notable Americans. He has been honored as an Admiral in the Texas Navy, Tennessee Colonel, Kentucky Colonel, and as an Arkansas Traveler. He had been the recipient of Keys to the Cities of Memphis, TN and Birmingham, AL.
In Oct. 2016, Judge Ed Butler was selected by the Texas Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame. He was one of six selected for this high honor. It is based upon a lifetime of dedication to genealogy and lineage societies.
Other groups in which he has actively participated include:
- México Society, Sons of the American Revolution (Founder, Charter President)
- Spain Society, Sons of the American Revolution (Founder, Charter Chancellor)
- France Society, Sons of the American Revolution – Honorary President General (2010)
- Children of the American Revolution – Honorary Vice President General (2009-2010)
- SAR Conference on the American Revolution – Founding Board Member
- Military Order of the Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem (Deputy Grand Prior; Grand Croix)
- Raymond J. Davis Foundation of the Knights Templar – Board Member 2003-present
- General Society of the Colonial Wars (Deputy Governor General 2012-2014)
- Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge (Judge Advocate General)
- Order of the First Families of Maryland, President, Texas Society (2013-2014); Chancellor General (2014- present).
- George Washington Foundation – Fellow (2001-present)
- General Society of the War of 1812 (Judge Advocate General)
- Military Order of the Stars and Bars (Deputy Judge Advocate General)
- General Society Sons of Revolution (President of the Texas Society; Vice President General)
- Order of the Founder and Patriots of America (Governor of the Texas Society)
- Magna Charta Dames and Barons (Vice Regent of the Texas Society; Regent of the San Antonio Colony)
- Reserve Officers Association (Navy Vice President Tennessee and Texas)
- Navy Reserve Association (President of Mississippi Valley Chapter)
- Military Order of Foreign Wars (President of Memphis, TN Chapter)
- Sons of Confederate Veterans (Texas Division Parliamentarian; Camp Commander)
- Texas Chapter, Royal Society of St. George (Founding Secretary)
Judge Butler is also a member of the following groups:
- Sons of the Republic of Texas (Honorary Member, Tyler, TX Chapter)
- Order of the Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez (Honorary Member)
- Los Bexarenos Genealogical and Historical Society.
- Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent
- Colonial Order of the Crown
- Plantagenet Society
- Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
- Military Order of the World Wars
- Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
- Military Order of the Crusades
- Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
- National Huguenot Society
- Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar
- Gavel Club
- Boonesboro Society
- Alamo Defenders Descendants Soc.
- Order of the First Families of North Carolina
- Travelers Century Club (Silver level member, for those who have traveled to 150 countries or more). The author has visited 202 countries accepted by TCC.
Visit the Judge’s Personal Website: judge-ed-butler.sarsat.org