Paul Butler (polo)
Paul Butler was born on June 23, 1892 in Chicago, Illinois. He is a descendant of the Butler family of Ireland, headed by the Duke of Ormond. In 1654, his ancestor William Butler fled the British Isles because of Oliver Cromwell and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His grandfather, Julius Butler, was the founder of the Butler Paper Company in Chicago in 1841. He also had a brother named Julius. He graduated from the University of Illinois. He served as a Lieutenant during the First World War.
He served as President of his family business, the Butler Paper Company, from 1930 to 1965. By then, the company had diversified in paper, real estate and development. From 1960 to 1965, he served as President of the Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Company. He was a founder of Oak Brook, Illinois, including the Bank of Oak Brook and the Oak Brook Public Utilities Company. He also founded the Butler National Golf Club. In 1945, he founded the Butler Aviation Corporation, the largest aviation company in the United States.
On October 31, 1924, he chartered the Oak Brook Polo Club with Gene Gordon Culver and J. W. Butler. By December 19, 1924, it was affiliated with the United States Polo Association (USPA). He served on the Board of Governors of the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. He also served for the USPA. He was a member of the Meadowbrook Polo Club.
He was married three times, to Sarah Anne Rooney, Marjorie von Stresenreuter (later Mrs William Dunaway) and Jean Buckley. His sons were Norman Frank Butler, a polo player too and Michael Butler, a theatrical producer and businessman, and Frank Osgood Butler II. He also had a daughter, Jorie Butler Kent.
- Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, Paul Butler's biography
- Alex Webbe, Paul Butler Was a Pioneer of Polo, Palm Beach Daily News, June 28, 1981
- Bess Winakor, The Butlers: Old Family Traces Roots From Colonies to PB Polo, Palm Beach Daily News, January 2, 1983
- Bruce Buursma, Michael Butler: From Polo Field To Chapter 11, The Chicago Tribune, September 26, 1990
- Horace Laffaye, Polo in the United States: A History, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2011, p. 93