Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Central City, Colorado
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.