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John Butler Prizer, American lawyer. Decorated honorary commander Order British Empire; recipient Amherst Eminent Service medal, 1961.


Prizer, John Butler was born on January 6, 1909 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of E. Tower and Jessie (Butler) Prizer.


Student Franklin and Marshall Academy, 1924, Mercersburg Academy, 1925. Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College, 1929. Bachelor of Arts, Cambridge U., England, 1931, Master of Arts, 1936.

Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1934. Doctor of Laws, Woman’s Medical College Pennsylvania, 1966.


Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1935. Law secretary to justice Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1934-1936. Assistant solicitor Pennsylvania R.R., 1936-1938, assistant general solicitor, 1938-1942, assistant to general counsel, 1942-1945, assistant general counsel, 1945-1947, general attorney, 1947-1952, general counsel, 1952-1968, vice president, 1955-1968.

Vice president, general counsel Penn Central Company (merger Pennsylvania R.R. and New York Central), 1968-1969. Director General Telephone & electronics corporation (New York City), Reliance Insurance Company (Philadelphia). Board of managers Germantown Savings Bank Chairman, Springfield Township Planning Commission, 1948-1952.

General chairman Philadelphia area Cancer Crusade, 1952. Member Government's Commision on Public Library Development in Pennsylvania Board of directors Fund, Philadelphia, American Cancer Society, Philadelphia. Trustee Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia.

Executive Committee Amherst Alumni Council, chairman, 1953-1960. Board corporators Woman’s Medical College Pennsylvania, chairman, 1957-1965.


Fellow American Bar Foundation, Royal Society Arts London. Member English Speaking Union (chairman Philadelphia 1957-1971, president 1951-1957), Starr Centre Association Philadelphia (past president), Harvard Law School Association Philadelphia (past president), Council Foreign Relations, International, American (chairman public utility law section 1958-1959), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia bar associations, American Law Institute, Association Interstate Commerce Commission Practitioners, Juristic Society (past president), American Academy Political and Social Science, Academy Political Science, Colonial Wars Society Pennsylvania (governor 1964-1967, deputy governor general 1967), Colonial Society Pennsylvania, Administrative Conference United States, Athenaeum Philadelphia, Society Pilgrims United States, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Philadelphia, Rittenhouse, Racquet, Philadelphia Cricket, Harvard (Philadelphia).


Married Charlotte Upton McNab Darling, October 15, 1937. Children: John Butler, Charlotte Kelsey.

E. Tower Prizer

Jessie (Butler) Prizer

Charlotte Upton McNab Darling

John Butler Prizer

Charlotte Kelsey Prizer