George Butler (headmaster)

George Butler (headmaster)

George Butler (1774-1853) was an English schoolmaster and divine. Born in London he was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he afterwards became fellow, in the capacity first of mathematical lecturer, and afterwards of classical tutor. He was elected a public examiner of the university in 1804, and in the following year was one of the select preachers. As head master of Harrow (1805-1829) his all-round knowledge, his tact and his skill as an athlete rendered his administration successful and popular. On his retirement he settled down at Gayton, Northamptonshire, a living which had been presented to him by his college in 1814. In 1836 he became chancellor of the diocese of Peterborough, and in 1842 was appointed dean of Peterborough. His few publications include some notes of Harrow, entitled "Harrow, a Selection of Lists of the School between 1770 and 1828" (Peterborough, 1849).

His eldest son, also named George Butler (1819-1890), was principal of Liverpool College (1866-1882) and canon of Winchester. In 1852 he married Josephine Elizabeth, daughter of John Grey of Dilston. Mrs Butler was a noted campaigner for the welfare of prostitutes.

His youngest son was the Rev. Dr Henry Montagu Butler, who also became head master of Harrow.



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