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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.


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

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