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Butler County, Pennsylvania

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  • Pvt. Philip B Porter, (USA) (1838 - 1901)
    Philip was born in Irwin Township, the last child of his father, Isaac B. Porter who died in 1839. Along with brothers and sisters, Philip was raised by his mother, Christena Jane Walter Porter who mar...
  • Pvt. Gibson Vincent Coast, (USA) (1843 - 1907)
    Born in Irwin Township, the son of Johann Philip Jr. and Christena Jane Walter Porter Ghost (the name was later changed to Coast) and the brother of Peter Walter and Carlisle Cross Coast. He married Ca...
  • Johan "Michael" Geyer, Sr. (1760 - 1833)
    GEDCOM Source ===@R-1349521037@ Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Tree
  • Thomas Lanning Sergeant (1813 - 1855)
  • Angeline Matilda Wilson (1877 - 1944)

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Butler County was created on March 12, 1800, from part of Allegheny County and named in honor of General Richard Butler, a hero of the American Revolution.

Some famous inventions and discoveries were made in Butler County. It was in Saxonburg that the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling, invented his revolutionary "wire rope." At what is now known as Oil Creek, Butler County resident William Smith and Edwin Drake first proved oil could be tapped from underground for consistent supply. The Jeep was developed in Butler County by American Bantam in 1941.

Famous politicians have lived in and traveled through Butler County. George Washington passed through during the French and Indian War. Butler's only U.S. Senator, Walter Lowrie, built a home in 1828 that still stands behind the Butler County Courthouse. The Butler County Historical Society's office is in this home.

Butler's highest ranked federal official ever is William J. Perry, Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton from 1994-1997. He graduated from Butler High School in 1945. In 1923, President Warren G. Harding's funeral train passed through Butler County on its way back to Washington D.C. John F. Kennedy spoke in front of the Butler County Courthouse during the 1960 United States presidential election. Hubert Humphrey also spoke in Butler during this time period. Then in 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a speech in Saxonburg to rally support for President George W. Bush during the 2004 United States presidential election.

Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock band Poison, was born here in 1963.

Butler County has often been used as a setting for films shot in the North Pittsburgh area. Such films include:

Night of the Living Dead (1968) The Crazies (1973) The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988) Iron Maze (1991) Kingpin (1996) The Haunting Hour Volume One: Don't Think About It (2007) Homecoming (2008) Staunton Hill (2008) The Road (2008) I Am Number Four (2011) Death from Above (2011) The Avengers (2012) A Separate Life (2012) Foxcatcher (2013)

Films set in Butler County, but not necessarily filmed there.

Mrs. Soffel (1984) Night of the Living Dead (1990) Snow Angels (2008)

Novels set in Butler County.

Benjamin's Field, a trilogy by local author J. J. Knights

Adjacent Counties

List of Towns & Cities



Butler County Nat'l Bank

The Sen. Walter Lowrie House

Passavant House

The John Roebling House & Shop