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BUTLER, John B., soldier, born in 1792 ; died in Mount Auburn, near Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 December, 1870. He served as a private in the war of 1812, after which he went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and engaged in the printing business, and subsequently was for many years editor and publisher of the Pittsburgh "Statesman." At this period of life he was active in politics, and in 1838 was appointed recorder of deeds and afterward canal commissioner. At the beginning of the war with Mexico he was commissioned paymaster in the army, 25 June, 1846, and accompanied General Taylor's command to the seat of war. He was made military storekeeper at the Allegheny arsenal, 30 June, 1847, and remained there until he was retired, 1 October, 1863.
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