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AMES, Butler

AMES, Butler
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1871–1954

Biography

AMES, Butler, (son of Adelbert Ames and grandson of Benjamin Franklin Butler), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lowell, Mass., August 22, 1871; attended the public schools and Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1894; resigned from the United States Army after appointment as second lieutenant to the Eleventh Regiment, United States Infantry; took a postgraduate course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was graduated in 1896 as a mechanical and electrical engineer; engaged in manufacturing; served as a member of the common council of Lowell in 1896; enlisted during the Spanish-American War and was commissioned lieutenant and adjutant of the Sixth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry; appointed acting engineer officer of the Second Army Corps under General Graham, in addition to his duties as adjutant; was promoted to lieutenant colonel in August 1898; served as civil administrator of the Arecibo district of Puerto Rico until November 1898; member of the Massachusetts house of representatives 1897-1899; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1913); was not a candidate for renomination in 1912; resumed manufacturing pursuits; president of United States Cartridge Co., and treasurer of Heinze Electrical Co. of Lowell; at time of death was treasurer and a director of Wamesit Power Co. of Lowell, Mass.; director of Union Land and Grazing Co., Colorado Springs, Colo., and vice president and a director of Ames Textile Corp., Lowell, Mass.; died in Tewksbury, Mass., November 6, 1954; interment in Hildreth Family Cemetery, Lowell, Mass.

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the Lincoln Steffens Papers, 1863-1936, approximately ca. 37,186 items. A letter from Butler Ames to Lincoln Steffens written on July 16, 1909. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Benjamin F. Butler Papers, 1831-1896, 263 containers. Persons represented include Butler Ames. A register is available in the library.

Smith College
Sophia Smith Collection

Northampton, MA
Papers: In the Ames Family Papers, 1856-1969, 38 feet. Persons represented include Butler Ames. An unpublished inventory is available in the repository.
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