Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

BUTLER, Matthew Joseph , b. 19 Nov. 1856, Deseronto, Upper Canada; d. 22 June 1933, Sydney, N.S. Educated at the De La Salle Institute, Toronto, the University of Toronto, and Kent College of Law, Chicago, he worked on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (1885-86); Bay of Quinte Railway (1890-95), and Hillsborough Bridge, PEI (1900-03). He was also assistant and chief engineer for the Kingston and Pembroke Railway, chief engineer of the Napanee, Tramworth and Quebec Railway, and, in 1904, assistant engineer with the National Transcontinental Railway. The following year, he was deputy minister of the Department of Railways and Canals, and, in 1909 was chairman, Board of Management for the Dominion government. From 1910 to 1913, he was general manager of the Dominion Iron and Steel Corporation, Sydney, N.S., and the Armstrong-Whitworth Corporation, Longueuil, Que. In 1919, he went into private practice as a consulting engineer in Oakville, Ont. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, served four years on its council, and was elected vice president (1906 and 1907), and president in 1914. He was a member of the royal commissions on municipal taxation and assessment (1900), and forestry (1907), and belonged to the Mount Royal and University Clubs (Montreal), and the Rideau Club, Ottawa.

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