James Butler (grocer)
County Kilkenny, Ireland
New York, United States
|Resting place||Butler Memorial Chapel, Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, New York|
|Residence||Eastview Farm, Tarrytown, New York|
Grocery store founder
Race horse and race track owner
Mary Ann Rourke Butler|
|Children||Beatrice Katherine, James Jr., Genevieve, Pierce, William|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great|
As a hotel steward in the early 1880s, Butler invested his $2,000 life savings with Patrick J. O'Connor (the son of his landlady) to open a grocery store on Second Avenue in New York. The business grew to a chain of stores so successful that Butler quit the hotel business and bought out O'Connor. Butler had a reputed net worth of $30 million by 1929.
By 1890, Butler had bought his first horses, and eventually acquired the EastView Stock Farm near Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, New York. In the early 1900s, he established the Empire City Race Track.
- Miller, Richard (June 25, 2010). "The Egg and Butter Man of Eastview". riverjournalonline.com. Tarrytown, New York: River Journal. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- "Miss Butler, Bride in the Cathedral" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. April 23, 1914. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- "Genevieve Butler Weds in Cathedral" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. May 2, 1917. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- Bayor, Ronald H.; Timothy J. Meagher (1997). The New York Irish. JHU Press. p. 403. ISBN 0-8018-5764-3. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- "Death of Butler". time.com. Time Inc. 1934-03-05. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- James Butler, U.S. Grocery Store/Racetrack Owner, Great Irish People, includes portrait print sample.
- Photo of a Butler grocery in New York City in 1939 by Howard Gibson