Western Sharpshooter. Born in Longford, Ireland, he was a marksman in Wild West variety shows and was the husband of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. He moved to the United States at the age of 13 and after a series of odd jobs, he developed shooting skills and toured with variety shows. After meeting Oakley at a shooting competition in Cincinnati, Butler married Oakley on August 23, 1875. Together they developed their shooting act, joined the Sells Brothers Circus in 1884, joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885 and remained until leaving it in 1901. As Oakley became a solo star attraction, Butler was her manager plus also did some performing until they retired as team in 1902. Butler also worked as a representative of the Union Metallic Cartridge Company and as a salesman for the Remington Arms Company. After the death of Annie on November 3, 1926, he stopped eating which led to his own death at age 74.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith