BORN 13 Mar 1843, Hinkley, Leicestershire: 40 New Buildings - DIED 24 Aug 1907, Birmingham: Elmdon, Selly Park|
GRAVE LOCATION Birmingham, West Midlands: Key Hill Cemetery, Icknield Street, Hockley
William Butler was the son of Robert Butler, a stocking and shirt maker. In 1858 William moved to Birmingham where he became the assistant of an hairdresser, also working as a barman at The Crown Inn.
In 1866 he married Mary Ewing of Dumbarton. Also in 1866 he acquired the London Works Tavern in Smethwick. In 1876 he moved on to The Crown Brewery in Broad Street, Birmingham together with his brother in law George Owen. It was built on the site of the former Crown Inn. In 1881 he started his own business as a wholesale brewer. It was succesful and in 1897 he incorporated the brewery Henry Mitchell & Company into his firm. In 1907 Vulcan Brewery was aquired as well.
Butler himself was involved in many charities. His wife Mary died in 1899. His father died in 1904, aged 96. William died in 1907 and was buried beside his wife at Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham. He was so popular that after the funeral thousands of people visited his grave.