Memorable Manitobans: Richard Pierce Butler (1839-1912)
Soldier, farmer, sheriff.
Born in Ireland in April 1839, son of Sir R. P. Butler, he served for 23 years in the Imperial Army, including three years in India. He came to Manitoba in 1881 and farmed for six years at Solsgirth and twenty years at Poplar Point. He served as the Returning Officer in the Woodlands constituency in a 1900 provincial by-election. He sold his farm in the spring of 1907 and moved to Portage la Prairie. In August 1907, he was appointed Sheriff of the Central Judicial District, succeeding Daniel McLean. He died at his Portage la Prairie home on 22 March 1912 and was buried in the St. Mary’s la Prairie Anglican Cemetery.
“New Portage Sheriff,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 August 1907, page 15.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Death calls the Sheriff of Portage,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 March 1912, page 22.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 October 2023