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William John Butler | Inducted between 1936 and 1948

Accomplished Montana state veterinarian who also served on the veterinary board of the International Live Stock Exposition.

1881-1948 | Artist: Othmar J. Hoffler (1893-1954)



Impact & Accomplishments


Montana State Veterinarian from 1913 to his death in 1948, Dr. William J. Butler also served on the veterinary board of the International Live Stock Exposition.


Butler was born in Bowling, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States as a child. He graduated from the Veterinary School at New York University in 1903 and moved to Helen, Montana.


In addition to serving as the state’s veterinary surgeon, Dr. Butler oversaw the study of livestock diseases through the Livestock Sanitary Board and focused on cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in his work on the State Board of Health. In 1938, he was an official U. S. delegate to the International Veterinary Conference in Zurich, Switzerland.


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