Charles Butler signed St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad Company - Stock CertificateInv# AG1715 Stock
In 1835, he was one of the founders of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. In 1836, he was appointed to the council of NYU, (where he served as an instructor) and he was a long serving Council President. He was a relative of (both by blood and as an in-law), as well as a business associate of William Butler Ogden, the first mayor of Chicago.
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