William Butterworth (businessman)
William Butterworth (December 18, 1864 - June 1, 1936) served as both president and chairman of Deere & Company.
In 1892 Butterworth married Katherine Deere, daughter of Charles Deere (and granddaughter of John Deere). He joined Deere & Company the same year as an assistant buyer. In 1897 he was elected treasurer, and became president after the death of Charles Deere in 1907.
Deere & Company underwent many changes during Butterworth's tenure. In 1910 the board of directors reorganized the company's factories into one unified entity, giving birth to the modern Deere & Company. In 1912 Deere began manufacturing combine harvesters. In 1918 the company purchased Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company and the rights to produce their tractors. Butterworth also implemented a pension system and a benefit and disability program for Deere & Company's employees.
Butterworth retired in 1928 and became the first Chairman of Deere & Company's board, a position he held until his death in 1936.
- "William Butterworth". John Deere. Retrieved 2010-11-23. "The son-in-law of Charles Deere, William Butterworth married Deere's daughter Katherine in 1892 and joined Deere & Company as an assistant buyer the same year. The Ohio-born Butterworth was astute and well-educated, a graduate of Lehigh University with a law degree from the National University Law School in Washington. In 1897, Butterworth was elected treasurer of Deere & Company ..."
- "W. Butterworth Dies". Chicago Tribune. June 1, 1936. Retrieved 2010-11-23. "William Butterworth, chairman of the board of Deere & Co. of Moline, Ill., manufacturers of farm With Mr. ..."