George Butler (headmaster)
5 July 1774|
England, United Kingdom
30 April 1853 (aged 78)|
England, United Kingdom
|Resting place||England, United Kingdom|
Henry Montagu Butler|
Son of Weeden Butler (1742–1823), George Butler was educated at the Chelsea school where his father taught and proceeded to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he graduated senior wrangler in 1794 (M.A. 1797; B.D. 1804; D.D. (litterae regiae) 1805). He became a fellow of Sidney Sussex, first as mathematical lecturer, and afterwards as classical tutor. He was elected a public examiner of the university in 1804, and in the following year was one of the select preachers. As headmaster of Harrow School (1805–1829) his all-round knowledge, his tact and his skill as an athlete rendered his administration successful and popular. On his retirement he settled down at Gayton, Northamptonshire, a living which had been presented to him by his college in 1814. In 1836 he became chancellor of the diocese of Peterborough, and in 1842 was appointed dean of Peterborough. His few publications include some notes of Harrow, entitled Harrow, a Selection of Lists of the School between 1770 and 1828 (Peterborough, 1849).
Butler and his wife Sarah Maria Gray had four sons and at least three daughters:
- The Rev. Dr. George Butler (1819–1890), principal of Liverpool College (1866–1882) and canon of Winchester. His wife Josephine Butler was a noted campaigner for the welfare of prostitutes.
- Spencer Perceval Butler (1828–1915), lawyer and administrator, father of Sir Cyril Kendall Butler, Sir Spencer Harcourt Butler, Sir Montagu Sherard Dawes Butler and Sir Geoffrey G. Butler.
- The Rev. Arthur Gray Butler (1831–1909), Headmaster of Haileybury College and Dean of Oriel College, Oxford.
- The Rev. Dr. Henry Montagu Butler (1833–1918), Headmaster of Harrow School, Dean of Gloucester and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.
- Louisa Jane (1822-1897), who in 1853 married the statistician, sociologist, anthropologist and eugenicist Francis Galton
- Emily (born in or about 1829)
- Gertrude Maria (born in or about 1835)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Butler, George". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Boase, George Clement (1886). "Butler, George (1774-1853)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 8. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 49-50.
| Head Master of Harrow School
|Church of England titles|
| Dean of Peterborough