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GEORGE DEJARNETTE BUTLER, M. D. Dr. George DeJarnette Butler has practiced in Pulaski since 1885 and is one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons in this section of the state. He was born in Giles county on the 10th of July, 1856, a son of Jerome Pillow and Sarah (Scruggs) Butler. His paternal grandfather was Henry Todd Butler of North Carolina, while his maternal grandparents were George D. and Sarah Scruggs, natives of Giles county, Tennessee. Jerome Pillow Butler was born in 1831 and in early life took up the study of medicine, becoming one of the foremost practitioners of his day and a man of affluence. He had extensive farming interests in Giles county, of which county he was magistrate for several years. He retired from active life some time prior to his death, which occurred in 1914.

George DeJarnette Butler attended the public schools of Giles county and in early life decided to enter the medical profession. Upon the completion of his preliminary education, he enrolled in the University of Lousiville and received his M. D. Degree in 1876. He took postgraduate work at Bellevue Hospital in 1884 and attended the Polyclinic at New York city in 1889. Immediately after receiving his degree Dr. Butler located at Aspen Hill and practiced there from 1876 to 1884. The following year he came to Pulaski, where he opened offices and built up an extensive and lucrative patronage. He is held in confidence and high esteem by his professional brethren throughout the country; was on the medical board during the World war and was appointed as assistant surgeon of the Tennessee State Militia by Governor Robert L. Taylor.

Dr. Butler was married at Aspen Hill on the 12th of December, 1878, to Miss Helen Abernathy, who was born in 1856 and died in 1884, leaving three children: Jerome D., Jr., who was born in 1879 and died in 1901; Effie, who was born in 1880 and is now the wife of A. E. Jackson, living in Hartselle, Alabama; and Helen Butler, who was born in 1884 and is the wife of George S. White, a prominent business man of Wales, Tennessee. On the 21st of November, 1888, Dr. Butler was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Wade Pointer, a daughter of Samuel A. and Cynthia (Holland) Pointer, natives of Tennessee.

Although the Doctor has never been very active in political affairs he is a stanch supporter of the democratic party and the principles for which it stands. He is ever cognizant of the duties and responsibilities as well as the privileges of citizenship, and his aid is always on the side of advancement and improvement. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he is a Master Mason. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church and he has been a steward in that church for over twenty years. Along strictly professional lines the Doctor is connected with the American, Tennessee, State and Giles County Medical Associations and he is also a member of the Southern Medical Association. Socially he is connected with the Columbian Club. Aside from his private practice, which demands the greater part of his time and attention, he is United States pensioner, having held that office since 1898. (Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 2, John Trotwood Moore and Austin P. Foster, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1923, pp. 595-6)

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