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Nicholas MiraculousThe Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler$
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Michael Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174213

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174213.001.0001

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At Home—and Away

At Home—and Away

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(p.247) Chapter Eleven At Home—and Away
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Nicholas Miraculous
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Michael Rosenthal

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231174213.003.0012

This chapter examines how Nicholas Murray Butler mixed his professional and social lives. Butler's house in New York became, in the words of Alva Johnston, his New Yorker profilist, a “clearing house of celebrities.” Butler teas, receptions, and dinner parties soon became the most sought after of high cultural invitations, proof that the privileged recipients had arrived in New York society. Butler himself once estimated that between 2,500 and 3,000 people came to the presidential house for receptions, lunches, and dinners every year. Presiding over the presidential dinner parties was his wife Kate La Montagne Butler. When Butler wasn't on holiday, he worked with prodigious efficiency in attending to the interests of the three major institutions he ran: Columbia University, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Division of Intercourse and Education (and later the Endowment itself), and Dr. Butler. This chapter also looks at Butler's list of memberships in officially sanctioned clubs, including the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.

Keywords:   dinner parties, Nicholas Murray Butler, New York, Kate La Montagne Butler, Columbia University, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Bohemian Club

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