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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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Flying the Union Jack

Flying the Union Jack

(p.27) Chapter One Flying the Union Jack
Nicholas Miraculous

Michael Rosenthal

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Nicholas Murray Butler's British roots. A lifelong Anglophile, Butler reveled in his purebred British ancestry. “Speaking some years ago in England,” he wrote in Across the Busy Years, “I said jokingly that if any one was entitled to fly the Union Jack, I should be at liberty to do so, since there was in my inheritance a strain of Scottish, a strain of English, a strain of Welsh and a strain of Irish.” The comment was actually made to Butler in the summer of 1884 by his father's cousin, Lord Chief Justice Coleridge. Butler was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on April 2, 1862, child of Henry Butler and Mary Murray. His fascination with politics, apparent at a precociously early age, was symbolically encouraged by his parents from infancy. This chapter examines Butler's early life and education, including his enrollment in Columbia College (later Columbia University) where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1882.

Keywords:   education, Nicholas Murray Butler, ancestry, England, New Jersey, Henry Butler, Mary Murray, politics, Columbia College

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