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Saratoga Springs' first mayor missed the boat, thankfully

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When Saratoga Springs became a city in 1915, Walter P. Butler was the first mayor, having survived trans-Atlantic travel with a knack for booking the wrong boats at the right time. In 1912, the already well-known lawyer-about-town booked European passages for his family aboard three different ill-fated cruise ships, according to a contemporary newspaper account. The first time, Butler bought tickets for the spanking-new ocean liner RMS Titanic, sailing out of New York, on what ...


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