James Austin Butterfield

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Sheet music cover for When You and I Were Young, Maggie (Oliver Ditson & Co. version of cover)

James Austin Butterfield (May 18, 1837 – July 6, 1891) was an American composer. His best-known composition is When You and I Were Young, Maggie, first published in 1866 (lyrics by George W. Johnson). Butterfield was born in England in 1837 and emigrated to the United States in 1856.[1][2][3]

He was also the second president of the Music Teachers National Association, in 1878.[4]

James A. Butterfield died in Chicago, Illinois and is buried in Graceland Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ Fuld, James J. The book of world-famous music: classical, popular, and folk, p. 643 (Dover, 5th ed., Revised, 2000)
  2. ^ Matthews, W.S.B. (assoc ed.) A hundred years of music in America, p.647-50 (1889, 1900 ed.)
  3. ^ Studwell, William Emmett. They also wrote: evaluative essays on lesser-known popular American songwriters prior to the rock era, p. 206 (2000)
  4. ^ Volume of proceedings of the Music Teachers' National Association, p. 260 (1911)
  5. ^ "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N7NT-QTP : accessed 27 May 2012), James Austin Butterfield, 1891.

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