Richard Girnt Butler

American white supremacist leader (1918–2004)

Richard Girnt Butler (February 23, 1918 – September 8, 2004) was a white supremacist and American Christian religious leader. Butler founded the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and would become one of the most well known and influential leaders of the American far-right.

Richard Girnt Butler
Born(1918-02-23)February 23, 1918
DiedSeptember 8, 2004(2004-09-08) (aged 86)
Hayden, Idaho, U.S.
OccupationAerospace engineer
Betty Litch
(m. 1941; died 1995)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army United States Army Air Forces
Years of service1942–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II

Butler was a former member of the Silver Shirts, an American fascist organization modeled after Nazi Brownshirts and active until its suppression following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.[1]

Butler was convicted of conspiracy by the United States Department of Justice, but was not convicted because the grand jury failed to prosecute him.[2]


  1. Elliston, Jon. "New Age Nazi".
  2. Biography of "Louis Beam" at Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website. Archived 2011-12-19 at the Wayback Machine