Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 50 x 40 in. ( 127 x 101.6 cm )
signature and date: upper right: "DeWitt M. Lockman 1932"
A portrait of Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947) shown wearing a dark suit underneath a red academia robe. His head is turned slightly to the right and he is holding his hat of office in his right hand. His left hand is depicted grasping the arm of the chair. There is a non-descript background. A native of New Jersey, Butler was president of Columbia University from 1902 to 1945. In 1912 he ran unsuccessfully for vice-president on the Republican party ticket, and in 1920 received nearly seventy votes from the New York delegation in nomination as Republican candidate for president. Butler was a president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and in 1931 was a co-winner (with Jane Addams) of the Nobel Prize for Peace. He became a life member of N-YHS in 1905.
As President of Columbia University for over 40 years, Butler had a significant impact on this quintessentially New York City institution, whose roots go back to early colonial days as Kings College. Both a scholar and a masterful administrator, Butler is remembered still as an important leader of the University.
Painted from life for the society
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