Biography of Walter Prentiss Butler
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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Butler, Walter Prentiss, son of Capt. James Prentiss and Naomi Jane (Clements) Butler, was born in Saratoga Springs, N. Y., April 1, 1863. He was educated in the public schools of this village, the North Granville Military School, Mohegan Lake Military Academy, Phillips Academy of Exeter, N. H., and Columbia Law School of New York city, from which he was graduated in the class of 1887, and admitted to the bar in the same year. In that year he became a member of the law firm of Pond, Braçkett & Butler, which firm became Brackett, Butler & Baucus in 1890, and finally dissolved in July, 1892, since which time Mr. Butler has conducted a law office of his own. The Butler family dates its American history back into the seventeenth centery, when the progenitor settled in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Early in the eighteenth century they moved to Woodbury, Conn., and members of the family participated in the French and Indian wars, the Revolutionary war and the war of 1812. Jonathan Butler, sea captain, and his son, Malachi Butler, settled at Woodbury, Coun., and the latter was the father of Solomon Butler, who was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary war and fought at the battle of White Plains. His brother, Capt. Zephaniah Butler, was the grandfather of the celebrated General Benjamin F. Butler, who achieved fame in the war of the Rebellion, as well as being one of the greatest lawyers of the country. Solomon Butler was grandfather of Capt. James Prentiss Butler. Walter P. Butler married Mary Ashman Kilmer, daughter of Chauncey Kilmer of Rock City Falls, July 9, 1890, and they have two sons, Clarence Kilmer and John Prentiss. Politically Mr. Butler is a Republican.


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