08/22/2018

BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH


BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH 1883-1885 and 1897-1898

The 19th Commissioner of Patents was born near Maineville, Ohio, October 22, 1837, of Quaker ancestry, one of his maternal ancestors, John Linton having emigrated to Pennsylvania with Wm. Penn. His father emigrated to the Miami Valley from Virginia in 1814.

The boy, Benjamin, was the youngest son and worked on his father's farm until the age of 18. He was educated in the common schools of Warren County, Ohio, and in the academy at Maineville, taking his college work at the Ohio University at Athens. After that he studied law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1861 at the age of 24.

Young Butterworth made his debut in public life as Assistant U. S. District Attorney in 1868. He served in the Ohio Senate, and was then elected to Congress, serving from 1879-1883, and from 1885-1891, refusing a renomination for the next term.

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