Biography of John C. Cutler
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JOHN C. CUTLER
John C. Cutler. second Governor of the State of Utah, was born in Sheffield, England, February 5, 1846, at which time his father was engaged as a manufacturer of cutlery, in Sheffield. The early boyhood of the Governor was spent in the city referred to, where he received the rudiments of a common school education. At twelve years of age, with an earnest desire to be self supporting, he obtained a situation in the city of Manchester, in the wholesale house of S. & J. Watts & Co., which position he held until his eighteenth year, when he removed with his parents from England, locating, in 1864, in Utah.

After landing in New York, the family went by boat to Albany, thence by rail to St. Joseph, by boat up the Missouri River to a place called Wyoming, near Nebraska City, and by ox team from that place to Salt Lake City, arriving in the fall of the year named. During the first year of their residence in Utah, the boys of the family were engaged in the labor common to the time, including canyon work, farm work, etc.

The Governor commenced his commercial career in Utah by obtaining a clerkship in a business house. In 1877 he became agent and later on manager of the Provo Woolen Mills. and in 1885 he and his brothers, Thomas R., Heber S., and Joseph G., formed the firm of Cutler Bros. Co., and he also assisted in the establishing of beet sugar factories and other home manufacturing enterprises of Salt Lake City. In various of these companies he is still director.

Governor Cutler has always taken a lively interest in home manufacture. He was one of the first to make knit goods in Utah, a line of manufacture which his firm still follows with marked success, and he is largely interested also in the beet sugar industry. For years he was a director in the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society, which conducts the great State Fair each year with the aim of encouraging home manufacture by bringing Utah products prominently before the people. In these various capacities he is a large employer of labor; and if anything can he said to be his hobby, it is giving employment to home people and keeping money at home. He was also for some years trustee and treasurer of the L. D. S. University. In addition to his connection with the Cutler Bros. Company Governor Cutler is identified with the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company and the Deseret National Bank. He is vice president of the Beneficial Life Insurance Company director in the Home Fire Insurance Company, Thatcher Bros. Banking Company, the Deseret Savings Bank, the First National Bank of Murray, the Bank of Randolph. Bank of Garland, the Utah County Light and Power Company, and the American Security Company, and president of Daynes Jewelry Company.

The Governor is a member of the Board of Governors of the Commercial Club, and a member of the Alta Club, both of Salt Lake City. He was married in 1871 to Miss Elizabeth Taylor, and from the union seven children, four sons and three daughters, have been born. Of the songs, John C., Jr., is a prominent stock broker, Herbert E. is manager of Cutler Bros. Company, and Alfred T. is assistant manager of that firm. Of the daughters. Elizabeth is the wife of Edward E. Jenkins.

In polities, Governor Cutler has been an earnest Republican since national party lines were formed in Utah. He has not been a seeker after political office, on account of the close, urgent attention required in his private business. Yet he has found some time to give to public affairs. From 1884 till 1890 he was clerk of Salt Lake County and ex officio clerk of the Probate Court. For a number of years he acted as United States Jury Commissioner. In 1904 his friends prevailed on him to become a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor. Mindful of the high honor involved in beiug chief executive of an important State, he accepted the nomination and was elected in November, 1904.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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