David A. Butterfield

BOD Founder, David A. Butterfield

Born on January 17, 1834 in Jay, Franklin County, Maine, David was the oldest son of Daniel and Amanda Butterfield.  He married Mary M Stephens in 1855 and not long afterward he moved his family West to fulfill his dream of of operating a stage and freight line. By 1864 he was living in Atchison and his dream of the Butterfield Overland Despatch became a reality.