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John Tyler CUTTING

(1844-1911)

CUTTING, John Tyler, a Representative from California; born in Westport, Essex County, N.Y., September 7, 1844; was left an orphan at ten years of age, when he journeyed westward; resided in Wisconsin and Illinois from 1855 to 1860; worked on a farm; while employed as a clerk in a mercantile establishment attended the public schools of Illinois; enlisted in Taylor’s Chicago Battery at the outbreak of the Civil War and served until July 20, 1862; reenlisted January 4, 1864, in the Chicago Mercantile Battery, in which he served until the close of the war; moved to California in 1877 and established a wholesale fruit and commission business; was a member of the National Guard of California, and subsequently assisted in the organization of the Coast Guard, of which he later became brigadier general in command of the Second Brigade; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1892; in 1894 settled in New York City, where he became interested in the automobile industry; retired to Westport, N.Y., in 1907; died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 24, 1911; interment in Hillside Cemetery, Westport, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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