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William D. Butler Papers, 1863-1923

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Identifier: A0216

Title: William D. Butler Papers, 1863-1923


William David Butler was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, in 1828. He became a teacher in the St. Louis High School in 1855, but resigned his position in 1858. He was appointed principal of the Jefferson School in 1865. In 1868, he took the position of assistant superintendent and later he was made principal of the old First Branch High School at Seventh and Chestnut Streets. From 1879 to June 1906 he was principal of the Blow School. His son William M. Butler was the principal of Yeatman High School (1910).

The collection contains correspondence, receipts for the purchases of sanitary supplies, passes, and reports of William D. Butler when he was a special agent of the Western Sanitary Commission among the Missouri troops at Vicksburg. Also contains a document to the officers of the army and navy of the United States, dated July 17, 1863, regarding William D. Butler's commission as a delegate for the U.S. Christian Commission to distribute stores in hospitals and camps. Of special interest is a letter from William D. Butler to Rev. William G. Eliot, dated September 2, 1863, describing the conditions of blacks who were delivered from bondage after the battle of Vicksburg. Also includes a sketch of the St. Louis public schools and the educational career of William D. Butler and newsclippings concerning the death of William D. Butler and William M. Butler.

1 folder (16 items)

Cite as: William D. Butler Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1863-1923

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Military supplies
African Americans
Vicksburg (Miss.)
Siege, 1863


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