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with financial interest in the Scranton Free Press. In 1873, at the age of twenty-three, he established his hone in Buffalo, where he remained until his death. His first venture into the publishing field involved the Sunday News which was enlarged twice before the establishment of the daily news. In 1879, he founded the Bradford Sunday News which he owned for four years then sold in order to devote full time to the Buffalo Evening News established in 1880. He was deeply involved in numerous civic affairs, actively backed the platform of the Republican Party, and he developed his newspaper to merit a place among the giants in the publishing world. Mr. Butler was married to Mary E. Barber of West Pittston, the daughter of Major William D. Barber. They had four children. Only two survived their parents: Edward H. Butler, Jr. and Ada (Mrs. Roscoe R. Mitchell). Mrs. Butler died in 1893. On December 21, 1919, a life-size oil portrait of Mr. Butler was unveiled in the Normal School auditorium. It was unveiled by his grand ­ daughter, Marjorie Mitchell, daughter of M J? o cLXlQ Mrs. Roscoe R. Mitchell. The portrait of Mr. Butler was painted by J. Merritt Malloney, a well known artist of Toronto, Ontario. It was hung in the Normal School library until the new library was erected in 1991. kt that time, it was moved to the new location where it is today. As a tribute to the memory of so generous a benefactor, the editors of Elms , the Normal School yearbook, dedicated the 191U volume to Mr. Butler. "To the late Edward H. Butler, for many years president of the Local Board of Managers of the Buffalo State Normal School, this volume is dedicated as a token of the high esteem in which he was held by all connected with the school.

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