Benjamin F. Butler

Benjamin F. Butler by Guy Lefebvre

Benjamin F. Butler was born Deerfield N. H. Nov. 5, 1818 and came to Lowell with his mother at the age of ten. After graduating from Lowell High School he attended Waterville (Colby) College.  On completing his education he was admitted to the Middlesex County Bar in 1841 and married Sarah Hildreth at St. Anne's Church Lowell on May 16, 1844.  He practiced law in Lowell and pursuing an interest in politics, was elected to the state Senate in 1878. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War, left the army as a Major General, returned to his law practice in Lowell
in 1865.  Gen. Butler went on to serve four terms in Congress, then in 1882 was elected governor of Massachusetts. Gen. Butler ran unsuccessfully for president of the United States in 1884.  Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler Died January 12, 1893.

For more information on Gen. Butler re: Butler's Book - Benjamin F. Butler; BUTLER The Damdest Yankee - Dick Nolan - Presidio Press; General Butler in New Orleans - James Parton; Stormy Petrel, The Life and Times of Benjamin F. Butler - Howard P. Nash Jr. - Fairleigh Dikinson Univ. Press; "Beast" Butler - Robert Werlich - Quaker Press; Lincoln's Scapegoat General - Richard S. West Jr. - Houghton Mifflin; Stormy Ben Butler - Robert S. Holzman - MacMillan & Co.