Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The President's Aid
Major Archibald Willingham Butt was born on September 26,1865 in Augusta Georgia. As a child, he was considered bright, had excellent grades and handwriting, and very athletic. He graduated from Tennessee University and began a successful in law practice, but was drafted and sent to Mexico in 1898. He loved the military and signed on for a second year in the military and was sent to the Philippines. Slowly but surely, he worked his way up to the top and became president Roosevelt and Taft's military aid. When they were against each other, "Archie" tried to remain neutral when they were against each other. He soon became ill and so Taft sent him to Rome (In secret, he was on a secret mission but it is unclear what that mission was). He got better and scheduled himself to leave at Cherbourg, France on the Titanic. During the
voyage, the weather got colder but he never put on an overcoat. He made many friends
including the Astors, Strausses, and Widners. On April 14,1912, Butt was in bed when a steward woke him up and Archie contacted Thomas Andrews(the designer) and Andrews told him that the ship was sinking. Both men helped the women and children on board. One lady whom Archie didn't recognize was the piano teacher for the Roosevelt children After the last boat was gone, he stood with the Strausses and Mr. Astor as the ship went down. His body was never found. At his
memorial service said through tears,"I loved him like a brother; but he treated me
like a king."
Mr. George Behe has written several volumes on the life of Archie Butt and you can find them here: