Frank E. Butler

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Frank E. Butler

Butler circa 1882
Born(1852-02-25)February 25, 1852
County Longford, Ireland
DiedNovember 21, 1926(1926-11-21) (aged 74)
Resting placeBrock Cemetery, Greenville, OH
NationalityIrish American
Spouse(s)Annie Oakley
 
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Frank E. Butler

Butler circa 1882
Born(1852-02-25)February 25, 1852
County Longford, Ireland
DiedNovember 21, 1926(1926-11-21) (aged 74)
Resting placeBrock Cemetery, Greenville, OH
NationalityIrish American
Spouse(s)Annie Oakley

Frank E. Butler (February 25, 1852 – November 21, 1926) was a marksman in Wild West variety shows. He was married to sharpshooter Annie Oakley. While his birth date is listed on his and Annie's U.S. Passport application as February 25, 1852, it is possible he was born in 1847.

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Biography

Butler was born in County Longford, Ireland and moved to the United States at the age of 13. After a series of odd jobs, he developed a shooting act and toured with variety shows. After meeting at a shooting competition in Cincinnati, Butler and Oakley married on August 23, 1875, although Butler would later claim the date as June 20, 1882.[1] They developed their shooting act in 1882 when Oakley stood in for Butler's sick partner.[2] In 1884 the Butlers joined the Sells Brothers Circus, and in 1885 they joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, leaving it in 1901.[3] As Oakley became the star attraction, Butler became her manager, writing articles and press releases. Oakley said that the financial part was always in her husband's hands.[4] Oakley returned to performing between 1911 and 1913 with Vernon Seaver's "Young Buffalo Show", with Butler again as her manager.[5] Butler also worked as a representative of the Union Metallic Cartridge Company and as a salesman for the Remington Arms Company.[6]

After they retired, Butler and Oakley spent part of the year at Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Cambridge, Maryland.[7]

On November 3, 1926, Annie Oakley died. Frank stopped eating after the death of Annie, which caused his death on November 21, 1926.

The musical Annie Get Your Gun is loosely based on the lives of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

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Notes

  1. ^ "Frank Butler. Annie Oakley." pbs.org, accessed June 22, 2012
  2. ^ "Frank Butler pbs.org, accessed July 14, 2009
  3. ^ Buffalo Bill Historical Center bbhc.org, accessed July 14, 2009
  4. ^ Riley, p. 55, 62
  5. ^ Riley, p. 62
  6. ^ Sayers, Isabelle S. "Annie Oak and Buffalo Bill's Wild West" (1981), Courier Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-24120-3, p. 41
  7. ^ Kasper, Shirl. "Annie Oakley" (2000), University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN 0-8061-3244-2, p. 196, 205-206

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