Butterick, Ebenezer

Butterick, Ebenezer

(1826–1903) inventor, fashion business executive; born in Sterling, Mass. With his wife, Ellen Augusta Pollard Butterick (d. 1871), this tailor invented paper clothing patterns for home sewers; they began selling patterns in 1863. He formed E. Butterick & Company, New York (1867–81), established European branches, and founded fashion magazines. He was later secretary of the reorganized Butterick Publishing Company (1881–94).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.