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Catalog Number 2008.17.1
Object Name Painting
Other Name Charcoal Drawing
Description Charcoal drawing or print of the Rev. Oliver Smith Butler. For George Peabody's Centennial in 1895 the Rev. O.S. Butler along with the Rev. John W. Hudson, of the Uniterian Church in Peabody, gave speeches to the local school children at the lyceum at the Peabody Institute as part of the celebrations. Framed. Gild ornate frame.

Oliver Smith Butler was born in 1827 in Harwich, Massachusetts, the son of John and Delilah (Eldridge) butler. He married Sarah M. Ferguson in 1847. She died in 1892. They had two children, Sarah F. and William A. Butler.

Butler's father died when he was a baby and he was raised by his grandfather. He attended the common schools of the day and after his grandfather's death when he was 14, he taught at a nautical school in Harwich for two years. He then came to South Danvers and worked for two years in the leather trade, after which he worked for Francis Dane as a bookkeeper. He studied for the ministry at the Methodist General Biblical Institute in Boston and became a member of the Methodist church. In 1852, he was licensed to preach but because of ongoing ill health never had his own church. He served on the school board in Georgetown, was a trustee for the Georgetown Savings Bank, a correspondence for four newspapers, and postmaster of Georgetown from 1866 to 1884.

He compiled the "History of Templar Masonry from the Twelfth Century" and the "History of Masonry in the Seaport Towns of Marblehead, Salem, Beverly and Newburyport."

He was also the president of the Essex Agricultural Society (1896) and a member of the Jordan Lodge of Peabody.
Date 1850-1910
Artist Asa Bushby ?
Dimensions H-40 L-34 inches
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Oliver Smith Bulter
Legal Status Property of the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA