Butler, John Wesley was born on October 13, 1851 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William and Julia (Crompton) Butler.
Preparatory education Boston Latin school and Passaic (New Jersey) Collegiate Institute. Student Boston University School of Theology, 1871-1874. (Doctor of Divinity, Baker U., Kansas, 1889).
Missionary M E. Church in Mexico, since 1873, then treasurer and attorney Missionary Society of Methodist Episcopal Church in Mexico. Pastor in Mexico City 10 years. Presiding elder or district superintendent, since 1890.
President Mexican Methodist Institute, Puebla, 2 years Author: Sketches of Mexico, 1894. Silver Anniversary of Methodism in Mexico (Spanish), 1898. Mexico Coming Into Light, 1907.