George Butler

(1834-1918). Minister, administrator. His grandfather was a Baptist preacher who had been governor of Vermont (1826-1828). Although the home of Butler’s parents had been a center for early Adventist activities, until the age of 22 young Butler had leanings to infidelity, but was upright and honest. In 1859 he settled on a farm near Waukon, Iowa, became a deacon in the local Adventist church, and then an elder. Upon the defection of Snook and Brinkerhoff, president and treasurer, respectively, of the Iowa Conference ( see Marion Party ), Butler was elected president of the conference and threw himself energetically into reviving the church in Iowa, divided by the defection. Two years later he was ordained to the ministry. He was called to the presidency of the General Conference in 1871 a...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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