Title: Military Officer, Aviation Executive, Presidential Appointee
Location: La Jolla, California, United States
Alexander Butterfield, Military Officer, Aviation Executive, and Presidential Appointee, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of aviation, military, and civil service.
Mr. Butterfield’s extensive career of service to the United States began with his career in the United States Air Force. He attended St. John’s Military Academy and graduated, cum laude, in 1944. He failed the physical exam to enter the San Diego Boyden Naval Academy, but received a presidential appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1946, which he had to decline due to his fiancée’s sudden crisis. In 1948, Mr. Butterfield joined the United States Naval Air Reserve in the aftermath of World War II, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1949.
Rising to the rank of colonel in 1966, Mr. Butterfield served as a senior U.S. military officer and representative of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command, Admiral John McCain Sr. He was awarded a Legion of Merit medal in 1969, when he was appointed as deputy white house chief of staff to President Richard Nixon. As a testament to Mr. Butterfield’s honesty and integrity as a federal servant, he revealed the existence of President Nixon’s incriminating listening devices—which he helped to install—to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in his testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973.
Following his departure from the Nixon administration, Mr. Butterfield worked as an administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration. From 1975 to 1976, he worked as a lecturer on ethics in government for the American Program Bureau. In 1977, he became the director, executive vice president, and chief executive officer of the International Air Service Company Ltd., where he remained until 1979. Briefly, Mr. Butterfield worked as the president, director, and chief operating officer at California Life Corporation, and in 1983, he founded the consulting firm Armistead and Alexander Inc.
Mr. Butterfield holds several degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in international affairs from George Washington University, and a Master of Arts in American History from the University of California. In addition, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently a PhD candidate in clemency and presidential pardons at the University of California. He served as the lead consultant for the Oliver Stone film “Nixon,” and is proud of his ethical and forthright conduct during the Watergate scandal. As a testament to his stature, experience, and success as a federal servant and aviation executive, Mr. Butterfield has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
Mr. Butterfield is the subject of the book, “The Last of the President’s Men,” written by Bob Woodward and published in 2015 by Simon and Schuster. The book is being developed into a film, the rights to which have been optioned by Anonymous Content, the company that made the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight.” The story will focus on Mr. Butterfield’s life in the Nixon White House, and his key role in “Watergate.” In both book and film, Mr. Butterfield is featured in a “truth to power” context.
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