veteran of more than thirty-five years in politics, Sir Milo began
his political career in 1936 when he unsuccessfully contested the
seat for the Western District of New Providence against the late
Sir Harry Oakes. In the by-election of 1937, however, he was successful
in winning the seat which he held until 1947. He again represented
the Western District from 1956 – 1966 and from 1967 to 1973
he represented the constituency of Bain Town.
In 1956, Sir Milo tossed the Speaker’s hourglass through the
window of the House of Assembly as a result of the Government’s
introduction of a 12-minute rule to curb lengthy speeches in debate.
the PLP party won the 1967 General Election which ushered in majority
rule, Sir Milo became a member of the new Cabinet. He was appointed
Minister of Health and Welfare in 1967 and in 1968 became Minister
of Labour, Agriculture and Fisheries. In 1970 during a Cabinet reshuffle
he was assigned the portfolio of Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
In 1972 he was appointed Minister without Portfolio.
June 1972 Sir Milo was honoured by Special Resolution of the Honourable
House of Assembly and acclaimed a National Hero. On 1 August 1973
he was sworn in as the first Bahamian Governor-General. Knighted
in the Birthday Honours 1973, Sir Milo was made a Knight Grand Cross
of the Most Excellent Order of St. Michael and St. George. He was
again honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in February 1975
during her visit to Nassau when he was made a Knight Grand Cross
of the Royal Victorian Order.
in church affairs, Sir Milo served as a member of the Vestry of
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church for 27 years and for five years
as a member of the Anglican Synod.
many years Sir Milo was among the leading merchants in New Providence
and up to the time of his appointment as Cabinet Minister was President
of Milo B. Butler and Sons Limited.
a lengthy period of ill health, Sir Milo succumbed on 22 January
22 January 1986 a large bronze sculpture of a life-size half figure
of Sir Milo Butler was unveiled at Rawson Square. The stature which
weighs over 500 lbs was modelled and crafted by Bahamian sculptor,
Randolph W. Johnson.