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Alonzo Fields, White House butler for many years.

A butler is a male domestic worker in a large household with several employees.

The butler is the chief servant, responsible for the day-to-day management of the house and the other servants.[1] In a traditional house the butler, who is always male,[2] directs the male servants, while a housekeeper, a woman, directs the female servants. Traditionally, male servants (such as valets and footmen) were better paid and of higher status than female servants.


  1. Post, Emily (2007). Emily Post's Etiquette. Echo Library. ISBN 1-4068-1215-3 .
  2. Butler's Guild. [1]

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