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Rev John Jay Butler
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1814
York County
Maine, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1891
Hillsdale County
Michigan, USA

Prof. John J. Butler, was son of Nathan and Adah (Chick) Butler, ME.
On 14 Nov. 1844, he married Elizabeth Everett, dau. of Rev. Robt. Everett, of Remson, NY,and a native of Wales.

Prof. and Mrs. Butler had three children: two daughters, Elizabeth L. and Hattie E, and a son, John H. Butler, who served as teacher in Hillsdale as did his father. Elizabeth, his wife, died in 1877, at Hillsdale.
When quite young he became interested in politics and religion. He united with the Free Will Baptist church of Great Falls, NH. He read with eagerness newspapers, and other literature. When the Free Will Baptists established a seminary at Parsonsfield, ME, he became a student and prepared for college. While there he lived with the family of Rev. George Lamb, an eminent minister of the village, for whom he formed a deep attachment and under whose direction he began holding meetings and delivering adresses.

John Jay Butler was ordained a minister in 1846. He was Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology in the early Free Will Baptist movement in New England.
He graduated at Bowdoin College in 1837. Following his graduation, he began teaching as an assistant teacher in the seminary in Parsonsfield for a few months. In Dec. 1839, he entered Andover Theological Seminary, Mass., finding its course one of great attraction.
The highlights of his teaching career included holding the professorship of systematic theology in the Whitestown Seminary at Whitestown, New York for 10 years, as well as holding the professorship of systematic theology in the seminary at New Hampton, New Hampshire for 16 years, and in Bates College at Lewiston, Maine for 3 years. In 1860, Bowdoin College gave him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
On a leave of absence in 1867, he toured Europe visiting the principal cities and sites of the Old World.

In 1873, Butler took the chair of Hebrew Language and Literature at Hillsdale College, in Michigan.
A large number of his pupils became worthy ministers and missionaries abroad. No less than fifteen hundred pupils were under his instruction, and a third prepared for the Gospel ministry. He lost his wife in 1877. He retired from teaching in Hillsdale in 1883.
Dr. Butler died of heart failure at his home in Hillsdale.

He was the author of:

Natural and Revealed Theology (Dover, New Hampshire, 1861)
Commentary on the Gospels (1870)
Commentary on the Acts, Romans, and First and Second Corinthians (1871)
Lectures on systematic theology: embracing the existence and attributes of God, the authority and doctrine of the scriptures, the institutions and ordinances of the gospel (with Ransom Dunn, 1892)
In 1834, Dr. Butler became the assistant editor of The Morning Star, a Free Will Baptist publication.
Family links: 
  Elizabeth E Everett Butler (1818 - 1877)*
  John H. Butler (1849 - 1933)*
  Elizabeth Butler Sands (1851 - 1938)*
  Harriet Butler Putnam (1855 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Grove Cemetery
Hillsdale County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Sect. 15 - Row 5
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Record added: Jun 14, 2011
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Rev John Jay Butler
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Theologian, Professor, and Author of several books.
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"A Man of Note" in his denomination.
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