William Richard Cutter

William Richard Cutter (August 17, 1847 – June 6, 1918) was an American historian, genealogist, and writer.

William Richard Cutter
A black-and-white portrait of a man wearing glasses, with "William R. Cutter" written below
Born(1847-08-17)August 17, 1847
DiedJune 6, 1918(1918-06-06) (aged 70)
Woburn, Massachusetts
Alma materNorwich University
OccupationHistorian, genealogist, writer


Born in Woburn, Massachusetts on August 17, 1847,[1] he was the son of Dr. Benjamin Cutter and Mary Whittemore Cutter.[2] He attended the Woburn Public School and the Warren Academy. He developed an interest in genealogy and history from his father, and was able to conduct further research while at Yale University, building upon the genealogy of the Cutter family and historical documents begun by his father. He received his Master of Arts degree from Norwich University.[1]

He was married to Mary Elizabeth Kimball and lived in Lexington, Massachusetts. They had a daughter, Sarah, who was born in 1873 and died in 1890.[1] Cutter died on June 6, 1918 in Woburn.[1]


He was a secretary of the Trustees of Warren Academy. He was a member of the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars. He also served as President of the Rumford Historical Association.[1] He was a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society until 1911.[1]


His notable books are:[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f New England Historic Genealogical Society (1918). Proceedings of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The Society. p. xxvii.
  2. ^ Edward Francis Johnson (1919). "William Richard Cutter, A.M.". The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The Society. pp. 3–6.
  3. ^ "William Richard Cutter". goodreads.com. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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