Governor Nathan Cutler
As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches of all the Governors since the formation of the State.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
1893

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MR. CUTLER was a descendant of James Cutler, one of the early settlers of Watertown, Mass., but who moved to Lexington. Mass., in 1648, where Joseph Cutler, father of Nathan, was born in 1733.

Nathan Cutler was born in Lexington, May 29, 1775. The father was a farmer and intended that Nathan should follow the same business, but the boy was bent on a profession and succeeded in fitting for college at the Leicester Academy. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1798, after which he taught school at Middlebury, Vt., for two years, spending his time when out of school in studying law in the office of Judge Chapman of that place. He completed his studies at Worcester, Mass., and was admitted to the Worcester County Bar in 1801.

Upon the advice of Judge Whitman, of New Gloucester, young Cutler came to Maine and opened an office in Farmington, where he soon built up a large law practice. In 1807 he was instrumental in procuring a charter for an academy in that town, and was one of the Trustees and Secretary of the Board, which he continued to hold during his life. He represented the town in the General Court of Massachusetts in 1809-11 and 1819. The latter year, he was a Delegate to the Conventibn whiôh formed the Constitution of the State, and was one of the Committee on the "Style and Title" of the new State. Mr. Cutler was a member of the Maine Senate in 1828 and 1829, the latter year being President of that body, by virtue of which office he became Governor of the State for the unexpired term of Governor Lincoln, who died October 8, 1829. In 1832 he was an Elector at large for President, when Maine threw her ten electoral votes for Andrew Jackson. The last public office Mr. Cutler held was that of Representative to the Legislature in 1844.

In September, 1804, he married Hannah Moore, of Weston, Mass., by whom he had seven sons and two daughters. Mrs. Cutler died lfl 1835, and Mr. Cutler died June 8, 1861, aged eighty-six years. It is said of him by Willis, in his "Lawyers of Maine," that he was a diligent student, a well-read and good lawyer, faithful to his clients, honest in all his dealings, and a conscientious and religious man.


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