Francis Butler

Birth: ?
Death: after 1882
Occupation: doctor

Associated Counties

  • Baltimore City
  • Carroll

Additional Information

  • Dates: 1834
    Notes: M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Source: Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, Historical Sketch of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (1807-1890), with an Introductory Chapter, Notices of the Schools of Law, Arts and Sciences, and Theology, and the Department of Dentistry, and a General Catalog of Medical Alumni Baltimore: Press of Isaac Friedenwald: 166
  • Dates: 1882

    DEATH OF COL. BUTLER.–Clement Butler died at his residence, near Clermont Mills, on Monday last, in the 86th year of his age. For the past year he has been partially paralyzed; but retained his mental faculties unimpaired to within a brief period of his death. He was one of a family of nine children, all of whom he survived except the youngest, Dr. Francis Butler of Carroll County. Except the first few years of his life he resided on the farm where he died. When the British threatened Baltimore, in 1814, Col. John Streett raised a regiment of cavalry, known as the “Seventh Regiment,” and composed of five companies, four from Harford and one for Shippensburgh, Pa., about five hundred men. Capt. McAtee commanded one of the companies, and in it Mr. Butler enlisted as a private at the age of 18 years. This regiment went to Baltimore about the 1st of September, was engaged in the battle of North Point on the 12th and covered the retreat of the American forces after the battle.

    When the regiment was about to be reorganized, a call for twenty volunteers was made on Capt. McAtee’s company. Only five responded — Col. Butler, Major Abraham Rutledge, Col. Edward Rutledge, Robert Glenn, and a Mr. Evitt, of Dublin district. The remaining fifteen were drafted. After the war was over and the State militia was called out, the five volunteers refused to muster with the drafted men and formed a new company, with Col. Edward Rutledge captain, and Col. Butler lieutenant. He was afterwards made captain of the company, and after the death of Col. Streett became colonel of the regiment and was its last survivor.

    He was tax collector in 1835, when repudiation was rife and the payment of taxes was refused. He, however, stood to his post, enforced the law and in the end conquered. He was a Whig in politics until 1855, and any morning after the election when his party succeeded his shouts of victory could be heard by all his neighbors. Since 1855 he acted with the Democrats. He was a Roman Catholic in faith and was buried at St. Mary’s Church. Two children survive him, Mrs. Wm. Roberts and Capt. Thomas Butler, at present committee clerk to the House of Delegates.

    Source: Harford Democrat (Bel Air), 1882