James Butler (grocer)
County Kilkenny, Ireland
New York, U.S.
Grocery store founder
Race horse and race track owner
|Children||Beatrice Katherine, James Jr., Genevieve, Pierce, William|
As a hotel steward in the early 1880s, Butler invested his $2,000 life savings with Patrick J. O'Connor (the son of his landlady) to open a grocery store on Second Avenue in New York. The business grew to a chain of stores so successful that Butler quit the hotel business and bought out O'Connor. Butler had a reputed net worth of $30 million by 1929.
By 1890, Butler had bought his first horses, and eventually acquired the EastView Stock Farm near Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, New York. In the early 1900s, he established the Empire City Race Track.
At the time of his death, his grocery store chain was the sixth largest in the U.S. by total sales, and his more than 1,100 stores was second only to A & P in the New York area.
- ↑ "Miss Butler, Bride in the Cathedral" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. April 23, 1914. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9504E6DA113FE633A25750C2A9629C946596D6CF. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- ↑ "Genevieve Butler Weds in Cathedral" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. May 2, 1917. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9D07E2D6153AE433A25751C0A9639C946696D6CF. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- ↑ Bayor, Ronald H.; Timothy J. Meagher (1997). The New York Irish. JHU Press. pp. p. 403. ISBN 0801857643. http://books.google.com/books?id=WfCmS90xyEIC&pg=PA403&lpg=PA403&source=web&ots=e2OvsnZ1tk&sig=xxCjODZ3ivDtLVvd9_0LhzXbXXA&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- ↑ "Death of Butler". time.com (Time Inc.). 1934-03-05. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,747139,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-20.