Howard Edward Butt Sr.

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Birthday
9, 1895
Birthplace
Memphis, TN
Death Date
Mar 12, 1991 (95)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
9, 1895
Birthplace
Memphis, TN
Death Date
Mar 12, 1991 (95)

About

Remembered best for establishing the American H-E-B chain of grocery stores, this twentieth-century entrepreneur is also famous as a philanthropist. In the mid-1930s, he launched both the Howard E. Butt Community Investment Program and the H.E. Butt Foundation; these organizations aided nonprofit and education programs in Texas.

Before Fame

During his high school years, he helped manage a small-scale food store that his mother operated. Before launching his own business career, he served in World War I.

Trivia

His H-E-B chain opened its debut supermarket in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1952.

Family Life

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Kerrville, Texas. His marriage to Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth resulted in sons named Howard E. Butt, Jr. and Charles Clarence Butt and a daughter named Margaret Eleanor Butt Cook.

Associated With

He and Bernard Kroger were both founders of major American grocery store chains.