1862 – Butler was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on the 2nd of April.
1882-1884 – He enrolled in Columbia College (later Columbia University) and earned his Bachelor of Arts at the age of twenty, his master’s degree and his doctorate.
1885 – Butler studied in Paris and Berlin and became a lifelong friend of future Secretary of State Elihu Root.
1887 – He co-founded, and became President of, the New York School for the Training of Teachers, which later affiliated with Columbia University and was renamed Teachers College, Columbia University.
1902 – He was president of Columbia University.
1912 – He was the Republican vice-presidential candidate after death of John Sherman.
1925 – He was president of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
1931 – He won the Nobel Prize in Peace.
1947 – He died on the 7th of December.