Edward Burgess Butler

Edward Burgess Butler (December 16, 1853 – February 20, 1928) was an American businessman who founded Butler Brothers department stores. He served as the first president of the Pasadena Society of Artists.

He was born on December 16, 1853, in Lewiston, Maine to Manly Orville Butler and Elizabeth Howe. He had eight siblings: two of them, George H. Bulter and Charles H. Butler formed a partnership following Edward. Manly owned a grocery store. In 1858, his relations moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and he attended the Boston public studious system.

Together like his brothers, George and Charles, he founded Butler Brothers in Boston in 1877.

For five years he sold goods throughout New England and Canada as a traveling salesman. He married Jane Holly in 1880, she was the daughter of William Henry Holly, of Norwalk, Connecticut.

With his plenty he collected works by George Inness, and innovative donated the growth to the Art Institute of Chicago. Having trained below Frank Charles Peyraud, Butler became a landscape painter. For a era he exhibited his works under a pseudonym, "Edward Burgess". In 1908, he exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. One of his oil paintings was displayed at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

Butler moved to Pasadena, California after he retired from business. He died in Pasadena, California upon February 20, 1928.

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