Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Butler, Nicholas Murray
BUTLER, NICHOLAS MURRAY, an American educator, born in Elizabeth, N. J., April 2, 1862. He was graduated at Columbia in 1882, where he became Assistant in Philosophy (1885), Adjunct Professor (1886), Dean of Faculty of Philosophy (1889), and Professor of Philosophy and Education (1890). He founded the New York College for Training of Teachers, and has written works on education. He became President of Columbia University in 1902. In recent years he was very active in the affairs of the Republican party, being prominently mentioned as a candidate for the Presidency in 1920. He was a member of many domestic and foreign learned societies, received numerous honorary degrees and foreign decorations, and published many addresses, essays, and reviews.