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Clement M. Butler Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SC 00845

Scope and Contents

Letters written to the Rev. Clement M. Butler, Rector of St. John's Church, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., relating to the deaths and funeral obsequies of victims of the explosion on board the "U.S.S. Princeton" on February 28, 1844. The "Princeton" was the first screw-steam warship in the United States Navy. The 1844 accident occurred on board when a defective gun burst during a shooting demonstration, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer and others.

Dates

  • 1844

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Rev. Clement M. Butler, Rector of St. John's Church, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.. Butler preached the funeral sermon for the victims of the explosion on the U.S.S. Princeton. Among the victims were Abel P. Upshur and Thomas Walker Gilmer. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .

Extent

0.01 Linear Foot

Acquisition Information:

Purchase

Processing Information:

Processed by Ellen Strong in 1997.
Title
Guide to the Clement M. Butler Papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Ellen Strong.
Date
2007-08-10
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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