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Nicholas Murray Butler

Nicholas Murray ButlerBorn: 2-Apr-1862
Birthplace: Elizabeth, NJ
Died: 7-Dec-1947
Location of death: Manhattan, NY [1]
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, NJ

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Educator
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: President of Columbia University, 1901-45

"Nicholas Murray Butler told his students that totalitarian regimes brought forth 'men of far greater intelligence, far stronger character, and far more courage than the system of elections,' and if anyone represented the American establishment then it was Dr. Butler, with his 34 honorary degrees, and his thirty year tenure as president of Columbia University." -- William Manchester, The Glory and the Dream, a Narrative History of America, 1932-1972

William Howard Taft's Vice Presidential running-mate in 1912.


[1] St. Luke's Hospital, Manhattan, NY.

Father: Henry L. Butler
Mother: Mary J. Murray
Wife: Susanna Edwards Schuyler (m. 1887, d. 1903, one daughter)
Wife: Kate La Montagne (m. 5-Mar-1907)

    University: BA, Columbia University (1882)
    University: PhD Philosophy, Columbia University (1884)
    Professor: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University (1885-90)
    Professor: Professor of Philosophy and Education, Columbia University (1890-1901)
    Administrator: President, Columbia University (1901-45)

    American Academy of Arts and Letters President (1928-41)
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace President (1925-45)
    American Historical Association
    American Philosophical Society
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Pilgrims Society
    Psi Upsilon Fraternity
    Nobel Peace Prize 1931 (with Jane Addams)
    Traveled to Nazi Germany 1933


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