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Butler, Harold (1895-1983) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Butler, Harold (1895-1983)

Historical Note:

Harold Abbott Butler (1895-1983) was born on May 25 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, to Lucius Abbott Butler and Annie Bird Morton Butler. After graduating from Mansfield High School in 1913, he attended Brown University. He graduated in 1917 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began working with General Electric Company (G.E.) in Schenectady and Pittsfield in eastern New York. His work at G.E. later helped him obtain a position with the Havana Electric Railway Company in the early 1920s.

While living in Cuba, he met his wife, Ofelia Salazar Roges, and the two married on July 4, 1928. Their first child, Billy, was born in 1929 and their second child, Kenny, was born two years later. Like his father, Billy later became an engineer. Butler was an active member of the American Club of Havana, where he socialized with other Americans living in Cuba. He also joined the Havana Biltmore Yacht and Country Club.

Harold Butler retired from a successful career with the Cuban Electric Company in 1956. He left Cuba in 1964 due to the country's post-revolutionary political and social climate, living in Miami until his death in July 1983.

Note Author: Juliana Prieto, edited by Amanda Moreno

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