Samuel Riley Butler

From History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography

Born:November 2, 1868, Poplar Ridge, Madision County, AL
Died:March 30, 1947, Huntsville, AL
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL


•  "Son of Francis Taylor and Adeline H. (Maples) Butler, natives of Poplar Ridge: grandson of Canada and Nancy (Maples) Butler of Poplar Ridge, the former a native of Tennessee, who was a member of the Alabama legislature at the time of his death in 1862, and of Rev. Peter and Mary (Moon) Maples, the former a native of Tennessee, and a Baptist minister." - Alabama Biography

•  "He received his early education in the public schools of Madison County, and was graduated from Normal College, Winchester, Tenn., 1889." - Alabama Biography

•  "He became principal of the high school at Beech Grove, Tenn., 1891-1892; served as superintendent of schools at Huntsville, 1893-1905; was elected county superintendent of education of Madison County, 1903, and has since been elected three times without opposition; became principal of the State School, Huntsville, 19061908; is owner and principal of Butler Preparatory School, Huntsville, since 1908; has twice been president of the department of county superintendents of the Alabama Educational Association, and has been chairman of the executive committee of that association." - Alabama Biography

•  He was a Democrat, and chairman of the board of deacons of the Missionary Baptist church. - Alabama Biography

•  "Married: June 28, 1893, at Milton, Rutherford County, Tenn., Ida Lee Smith, daughter of Joseph P. and Lockie (Weatherly) Smith, of that place, the former a veteran of the Eighteenth Tennessee regiment, C. S. Army, the latter a descendant of the Stuart family of Scotland; granddaughter of Lockie McAdoo, a descendant of the McAdoo family of the Revolutionary War; great granddaughter of William Batey, of Virginia. The Weatherly family first settled in America at Guilford, N. C." - Alabama Biography

•  "S. R. Butler started Butler Training School in 1908 and operated it until 1914. From 1914 until 1929 this building served as the Wills-Taylor School for boys and girls. The city then bought it and made it the Huntsville Junior High School. Now it is a parking lot for the Annie Merts Center for school administration. " - Wikipedia

•  The current Butler High School is named in his honor. - Wikipedia

•  40 years in local schools

Related Links:

•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, p. 272.

•  Wikipedia - Article about Butler High School

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