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Butterfield, Kenyon

He had a bit of a Renaissance man in him

Kenyon L. Butterfield may have been one of the longest serving presidents in UMass history — steering the ship from 1906 to 1924, when the university was still known as Massachusetts Agricultural College — but he had a bit of Renaissance man in him too.

Earlier in his life, Butterfield was editor of the Michigan Grange Visitor newspaper in Schoolcraft, Mich. Later, Butterfield took a leave of absence from MAC during World War I to embed with US troops in France as a member of the YMCA’s Army Educational Commission. While in France, he helped set up the World Agricultural Society.

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