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Charles Butler

February 15, 1802
December 13, 1897
Home Town:
Kinderhook, NY
Later Residences:
Albany, NY
Lyons, NY
Geneva, NY
Eliza Ogden Butler (October 10, 1825)
Biographical Notes:
Charles Butler was born on February 15, 1802 in Kinderhook Landing, NY to Medad Butler and Hannah Tylee Butler. In 1825, he married Eliza Ogden in Walton New York.

Butler had followed his older brother, Benjamin Franklin Butler, into the practice of law. They both began their studies in the Albany office of Martin Van Buren. He explored Western territory, including Ohio and Indiana, and Illinois. He helped found the Protestant-Half Orphan Asylum and the Union Theological Seminary. He joined the council of New York University. Butler was a major donor to all three organizations.

Other Education:
Attended Greenville Academy in Greene County, New York.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office; Social Activist
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He first studied law with Martin Van Buren in Albany, New York in 1818. He then read the law in the office of Judge James Vanderpoel in 1821, and lastly with Peter Van Schaick.
State Posts:
Clerk of State Senate (NY) 1822

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
Secondary Sources:
Butler, William Allen; Butler, Willard Parker, Book of the family and lineal descendants of Medad Butler, late of Stuyvesant, Columbia County, N.Y., 1915.

Stoddard, Francis Hovey The life and letters of Charles Butler, C. Scribner's sons, 1903.

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