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Archibald W. Butt was born in Augusta in 1865 and became an aide to presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He was returning aboard the Titanic from a six-week journey in Europe when the ship hit an iceberg , and sank April 15, 1912 about 700 nautical miles east of Nova Scotia.

When the Titanic began to sink, witnesses said Butt helped calm the panicked evacuation. He was among the roughly 1,500 people who died in the disaster.