Butler, Hugh

Hugh Butler
Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Hawesville, Kentucky
Lewistown, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Central City, Colorado

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Hugh Butler, of Denver, was born near Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland, May 31, 1840.  His father was Thomas Butler of Kings county, Ireland, who settled in Scotland when a young man.  In 1849 Thomas Butler came to the United States an finally located in the town of Hawesville, Kentucky. In 1853 he was joined by his wife and son Hugh.  In 1857 the family removed to Lewistown, Illinois, where Hugh, who had acquired a good education, engaged in school-teaching, though he was but seventeen years of age.  With his teaching, which continued through three winters, he diligently pursued the study of law.  In 1860 he entered the office of a lawyer at Lewistown where he continued his legal studies, and was admitted to the bar in February, 1862.

Mr. Butler then went to Chicago where he began practice, remaining there until the autumn of 1863, when he removed to Colorado and located in Central City.  His abilities soon won for him a large practice and an influential position in that community.  In 1864 a vacancy occurred in the office of Prosecuting Attorney for Gilpin county, and the young lawyer was elected to fill the unexpired part of the term.  In 1865 he was re-elected for the ensuing full term, but resigned in 1866.

In the autumn of 1867 Mr. Butler was elected to the upper house of the Territorial Legislature in which he served for four years with distinction and ability.  In 1871 he was chosen Mayor of Central City, a position in which he served for one year.  In 1873 he was again elected to the upper branch of the Territorial Legislature.  In politics Mr. Butler is a Democrat, but he has never been a politician nor an office-seeker.  In 1876 he was chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee, and directed the first campaign of his party in the Centennial State.  Since that time he has not participated in political management, the demands of his professional business engrossing his attention.

Mr. Butler removed to Denver early in 1874, since which time this city has been his home, and where he advanced to the front rank of his profession in Colorado.  In 1882 Governor Grant selected him for appointment as Judge of the Superior Court of Denver, but Mr. Butler was obliged to decline the appointment on account of his large and increasing practice.  In 1892 this thorough lawyer and brilliant speaker was called to the law department of the Colorado State University, which he ably and acceptably filled.    On February 13, 1872, Mr. butler married Miss Annie, daughter of Hon. John Milton Thatcher of Kentucky.