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This Day in Georgia History

April 18, 1912

President Taft Acknowledged Archibald Butt

President William Howard Taft had waited until the final tally of survivors from the Titanic sinking was available, hoping in vain to find the name of his military aide and friend Major Archibald Butt of Augusta on the list. After finding that Butt’s name was not on the list of survivors, Taft replied, “I never had any idea that Archie was saved at all. As soon as I heard that 1200 people went down I knew he went down too. He was a soldier and was on deck where he belonged. I know Archie died like a soldier.”

To view an image of Archibald Butt, see the Georgia Archives