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Butler, John D., was born in Ireland in 1863. His father, John Butler, emigrated to America, settling at Ballston. N. Y., when John, jr., was only five years old. His mother was Mary O'Neil and a woman of fine domestic traits. His father secured employment in the paper mill of John McCiain, where he was employed for many years. Mr. Butler's early education was limited and it can be said of him he has been a paper maker since he was nine years old, for it was at that early period in his history that he began to acquire a knowledge of the business in which every year of his life has since heen devoted. For seven years he remained steadily working at the business in Ballston when a better situation offered itself, which he accepted in the mill of Frank Gilbert, as machine tender, where he served another seven years when his splendid abilities and knowledge of the business brought him within the notice of the Holsworth & Whitney Co., extensive manufacturers, with mills at Braintree, Mass., and Gardener, Me. At the latter place he was made superintendent of the company's mill and later was transferred to the works at Braintree, Mass., as general superintendent and was located there four years. A flattering offer from the Smith Paper Co. of Lee, Mass., caused him to change once more to their service, where he remained as general superintendent for a period of six years, coming to Dexter on June 18, 1896, as general superintendent of the St. Lawrence Paper Co.'s plant, where he enjoys the confidence of his employers and the respect of the community. In 1889 Mr. Butler married Margaret McDonough of Troy N. Y., and they have three children: Helen B. Franklin, Marie and Grace. Politically Mr. Butler is a mild type of Republican, believing in the principles of that party as exemplified in the system of protection to American labor and the right of suffrage and protection of the citizens without reference to race or previous conditions of servitude. He is also a firm believer in the necessity of radical changes in both the old political parties as regards the settling of the money question as well as that appertaining to the well being of the industrial masses.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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