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Fitzbutler, Henry

(born: 1837  -  died: 1901) 

Henry Fitzbutler, born in Maiden, Ontario, Canada, attended medical school in Detroit, enrolling in the Detroit Medical School in 1871 at the age of 29. He practiced medicine with his wife, Sarah, in Louisville, KY, where he pushed for a medical school for African Americans: the Louisville National Medical College opened without race restrictions. Fitzbutler also published the African American newspaper, Ohio Falls Express. Only the July 11, 1891 issue is still available, on microfilm, at the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. Henry Fitzbutler was the father of Mary Fitzbutler Waring. For more see Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000; and the Henry Fitzbutler entry in The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography by J. T. White [available full-text at Google Book Search].

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: The Ohio Falls express (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia (2000)

Related Entries Citing this Entry

NKAA Entry:  Fitzbutler, Sarah Helen M.
NKAA Entry:  Waring, Mary R. Fitzbutler
NKAA Entry:  Louisville National Medical College
NKAA Entry:  Jefferson County (KY) Slaves, Free Blacks, and Free Mulattoes, 1850-1870

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“Fitzbutler, Henry,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 28, 2020,

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