Dr. William James Butler, a leading physician of New Haven is of Irish ancestry. His father, Thomas Butler, was born in Ireland in 1845 and came to this country at the age of fifteen. He made his home in Hartford, Connecticut. He married Bridget Baker, also a native of Ireland, who came with her parents to America in 1852, when she was about two years old. Children: Thomas; Francis; Margaret; William James, mentioned below; Catherine C., born June 20, 1876, unmarried.
(II) Dr. William James, son of Thomas Butler, was born at Hartford, October 16, 1870. He attended the public schools of his native city and graduated from the high school. In 1887 he entered Niagara College, near Buffalo, New York, and was graduated in the class of 1891. In 1891 and 1892 he attended medical lectures and visited many of the great hospitals of London, Berlin and Dublin. He began the real study of his profession in the Long Island College Hospital of New York City and was graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1895. He began to practice at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After about a year there he came to New Haven, in April, 1896, and has been in general practice as a physician and surgeon in that city ever since. From 1896 to 1904 he was police surgeon of the city of New Haven. He was appointed health commissioner of New Haven in 1908 for a term of five years. He is a member of the staff of St. Raphael's Hospital of New Haven; examining surgeon for a number of insurance companies. In politics he is a Democrat. He has contributed articles of value to the medical publications and press from time to time. He is a member of the Connecticut State Medical Society, the New Haven City and County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Union League Club of New Haven, the New Haven Gentlemen's Driving Club, and the Second Company, Governor's Foot Guards of New Haven. Honorary member of the Celtic Medical Society of Connecticut, Chamber of Commerce of New Haven, New Haven Lodge of Elks and several fraternal societies; among some are the Woodmen of the World, Heptasophs, Maccabees, and Foresters. He is also a director in the Organized Charities of New Haven.
Dr. Butler is unmarried. His office is at 712 Howard avenue, New Haven.
Source: Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, NY, USA: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911.