Amos Butler

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Amos Butler
Born(1860-10-01)October 1, 1860
DiedAugust 5, 1937(1937-08-05) (aged 76)
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationHanover College
Alma materIndiana University
Spouse(s)Mary I. Reynolds
ChildrenCarrie Butler Watts
Parent(s)Hannah Wright Butler
William W. Butler

Amos W. Butler (1 October 1860 – 5 August 1937) was an American naturalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Amos Butler was born on 1 October 1860 in Brookville, Indiana to mother Hannah Wright Butler and father William W. Butler.[1][2] Amos Butler's grandfather, also named Amos Butler, was the first settler of Brookville.[1] Starting in 1877, Butler attended Hanover College. He then went on to attend Indiana University Bloomington, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa[1] and Sigma Xi, an honorary scientific fraternity.[3]


Butler founded several organizations, including the Brookville Society of Natural History in 1881 and the Indiana Academy of Science in 1885.[4] He was also a member of several other organizations, including the American Ornithologists' Union, Wilson Ornithological Club, the Biological Society of Washington, the Cincinnati Society of Natural History, and the Nature Study Club of Indiana.[3]


Butler had a species of snake named after him, Butler's garter snake (Thamnophis butleri).[5] A chapter of the National Audubon Society in Central Indiana is called the Amos Butler Audubon Society.[6] In 1903, Butler's biography was included in Who's Who in America.[7] In 1910, his biography was included in American Men of Science.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Butler married Mary I. Reynolds[9] and had at least one child, a daughter named Carrie Butler Watts.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Reifel, August Jacob (1915). History of Franklin County, Indiana: Her People, Industries, and Institutions : with Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Old Families. Windmill Publications. p. 1292.
  2. ^ "Amos W. Butler Papers" (PDF). Indiana Historical Society. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Nature Study Club in Tribute to Butler". The Noblesville Ledger. Noblesville, Indiana. 25 June 1932.
  4. ^ "Butler, Amos W." Indiana State Library. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5.
  6. ^ "Our History". Amos Butler Audubon Society of Central Indiana. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  7. ^ Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson (1903). Who's who in America. Volume 3. Marquis Who's Who. p. 213.
  8. ^ Cattell, James McKeen (1910). American Men of Science: A Biographical Directory. Volume 2. Bowker. p. 69.
  9. ^ "Butler MSS". Lilly Library Manuscript Collections. Retrieved 21 April 2019.

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