First Citizen

The Industrious Life of Joseph G. Butler, Jr.

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About the Book

In 1919, the doors of Youngstown’s Butler Institute of American Art were opened for the first time. Dubbed “the lighthouse of culture”, both the beautiful marble museum and the artwork inside were the gift of 19th-century industrialist Joseph G. Butler, Jr. in what was the crowning achievement of a long and industrious life.
From a young age, Butler earned his successes with hard work, a competitive spirit and business savvy. He used these attributes to earn a fortune in the iron and steel industry that was crowded by such figures as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Frick and Charles Schwab. During his successful business career, Butler also took on politicians, promoted American interests, preserved American history and spearheaded projects to improve his community. To friends and admirers, he was affectionately referred to as “Uncle Joe.” This full-length biography chronicles Butler’s early life through his impactful career in the iron and steel industry, detailing his contributions to the art world, his philanthropic endeavors and his accomplishments as an author and historian.

About the Author(s)

Joseph Lambert, Jr. is a health care administrator who previously worked as a research associate for the Ohio Historical Society. He lives in Canfield, Ohio.
The late Rick Shale was a retired English professor from Youngstown State University. He co-authored two books of local history and edited numerous others related to the motion picture industry.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph Lambert, Jr. and Rick Shale
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9040-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4829-3
Imprint: McFarland