During the War of 1812, Butman served as a Captain. In 1820, he attended the state constitutional convention. Two years later, in 1822, he was elected to the Maine State House, and served that year and from 1826 to 1827. Butman left the state legislature to served in the 20th and 21st Congresses (March 4, 1827–March 3, 1831) in the U.S. House of Representatives as a representative of Maine's seventh district.
In 1846, Butman was county commissioner of Penobscot County. He served in the State Senate and was its president in 1853. He died in Plymouth, Maine.
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