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Chester Pierce Butler

March 21, 1798
October 5, 1850
Home Town:
Wilkesbarre, PA
Later Residences:
Luzerne County, PA
Sarah Cist Butler (January 1829)
Biographical Notes:
Chester Pierce Butler was the son of General Lord and Mary (Pierce) Butler. He studied at the Wilkes-Barre Academy and then graduated from Princeton in 1817. In his adulthood Butler remained involved with his former school, serving as a trustee for the Wilkes-Barre Academy from 1818-1838 as well as Secretary of the Board for several years. He died in Philadelphia, PA.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Wilkes-Barre Academy and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1817.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Luzerne County, PA in 1820
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (PA) 1847-1850
State Posts:
State Representative (PA) 1832, 1838, 1839, 1843
Local Posts:
Register (Luzerne County, PA) 1821-1824
Recorder (Luzerne County, PA) 1821-1824

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849,16.
Secondary Sources:
Kulp, Geo. B. Families of Wyoming Valley, vol. 3. PA: Wilkes-Barre, 1890.

Hayden, Horce Edwin, et al. Genealogical and family history of the Wyoming & Lackawana Valleys, Pennsylvania. Higginson Book Co., 1906.

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