Alexander Porter Butterfield

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Alexander Porter Butterfield was born in Pensacola, Florida back in 1926 Alexander and Susan.  He grew up in Coronado, California leaving home in 1943.  He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, before joining the United States Air Force in 1948.  After being assigned to several positions he was sent to Vietnam, where he flew 98 combat missions.

During his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, was commander-in-chief of the Pacific forces and senior U.S. military representative before retiring.

In 1969, he was appointed as deputy assistant to President Richard Nixon.  He rose through the ranks.  In 1971, he oversaw installation of the taping system which Nixon ordered for the White House.  In 1973, he was confirmed as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and left the White House.  As I write this post he is still alive and doing well, he is 94.

What you may not know about Alexander is that he was the one who revealed the existence of the White House taping system in 1973, during the Watergate investigation, he did not have any involvement in the scandal, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Nixon.

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Comments (14)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A man who served his country with honor and dignity, he deserves the awards he received and is enjoying his life hopefully knowing he did a good job and the right thing.

Jul 24, 2020 03:25 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His service to our country put him in the history books.

Jul 24, 2020 04:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - an interesting story - thanks for letting us know the behind-the-scenes information I didn't know.  

Jul 24, 2020 05:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nary a clue, but now I know! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Jul 24, 2020 06:09 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He had an interesting career!

Make yourself an interesting day.

Jul 24, 2020 06:22 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This man not only was a great American hero, he changed history with his discovery.

Jul 24, 2020 07:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting tale you shared with us.  I had not idea.  Wishing you a delightful day and a wonderful weekend on the links.  A

Jul 24, 2020 07:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... seems like this happened so long ago (which it did), but also like yesterday. I remember those crazy days.

Jul 24, 2020 08:08 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I did not know Alexander's background and I do find it interesting. Amazing isn't it that what Nixon did back then is NOTHING compared to what politicians do today? Thanks James Dray .

Jul 24, 2020 08:20 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

This was the first presidential election I was able to vote in (1972). 

Jul 24, 2020 12:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I am glad that he is still alive and well. What an interesting life he is leading. 

Jul 24, 2020 05:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes I remember Butterfield quite well James:)

Jul 25, 2020 10:31 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Alexander Butterfield was a key player in a sad, historic chapter of American history.

Aug 07, 2020 12:58 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Very interesting story!  Such a simple thing to do and so much trouble to come out of it!  Thanks, James

Aug 22, 2020 01:50 PM