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BUTLER, James Davie, educator, born in Rutland, Vermont, 15 March, 1815. He was graduated at Middlebury in 1836, and at Andover theological seminary in 1840, having been tutor in Middle-bury in 1837-'8. He was professor of ancient languages in Norwich University, Vermont, in 1845-'7, and, after ordination in the latter year, was pastor of Congregational churches in Wells River, Vermont, Peabody, Massachusetts, and Cincinnati, Ohio. He held the chair of ancient languages in Wabash College, Indiana, in 1854-'8, and in the University of Wisconsin in 1858-'67. Since then he has devoted himself to lecturing and occasional preaching. His best-known lectures are "The Architecture of St. Peter's," "Prehistoric Wisconsin," "The Hapax Legomena in Shakespeare," and "Commonplace Books." Prof. Butler has traveled widely, and has contributed largely to periodical literature.
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