Paul Butler
Butler in 1956
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
Preceded byStephen Mitchell
Succeeded byHenry M. Jackson
Personal details
Paul Mulholland Butler

(1905-06-15)June 15, 1905
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 30, 1961(1961-12-30) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (LLB)

Paul Mulholland Butler (1905–1961)[1] was an American lawyer who served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1955 until 1960.


After being active in Indiana Democratic Party politics, Butler was named to the Democratic National Committee in 1952, when he was a staunch ally of Adlai Stevenson. He later became DNC chairman and used the post to articulate policy positions in opposition to the Eisenhower administration. Butler's liberal ideology was opposed by conservative and moderate Democrats.


  1. ^ "Paul M. Butler Is Dead at 56; Former Democratic Chairman". The New York Times. 1961-12-31. pp. 1, 48, sec. 1.
Party political offices Preceded byStephen Mitchell Chair of the Democratic National Committee 1955–1960 Succeeded byHenry M. Jackson