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Benjamin Franklin Butler

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Benjamin Franklin Butler was an American politician and political general during the American Civil War. He was born in New Hampshire in 1818.[1] He became a lawyer in 1840. During the Civil War, he was one of the first generals in the Union Army. He also didn't return escaped slaves to their masters, claiming that they were Contraband of War. After the war, he was governor of Massachusetts from January 1883 to January 1884. He died in 1893.


  1. "BUTLER, Benjamin Franklin, (1818 - 1893)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2014-12-01.