Cutting, Sewell Sylvester, Dd
Cutting, Sewell Sylvester, D.D.
a Baptist minister, was born at Windsor, Vermont, January 19, 1813. He united with the Church in 1827, and commenced the study of law at the age of sixteen, but subsequently decided to prepare for the ministry. He was fitted for college at South Reading, now Wakefield, Massachusetts; spent two years in Waterville College, now Colby University, and two years at the University of Vermont, where he graduated with the highest honors of his class in 1835. He was ordained March 31, 1836, as pastor of the Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts, and not long after was called to the Church in Southbridge, where he remained from 1837 to 1845. He next took editorial charge of The Baptist Advocate, in New York city, afterwards called the New York Recorder. For a short time he was corresponding secretary of the American and Foreign Bible Society. and for a year or two was engaged in editorial work in connection with the Watchman and Reflector of Boston and the Christian Review. In 1853 he once more became editor of the New York Recorder, which, as consolidated with the Baptist Register, became subsequently The Examiner. In 1855 he became professor of rhetoric and of history in the University of Rochester; in 1868, secretary of the American Baptist Educational Commission; in 1879, secretary of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. After serving one year, he went abroad, and did not enter again upon any public position. His death took place February 7, 1882. Among the best known of the publications of Dr. Cutting are his Struggles and Triumphs of Religious Liberty, and his Historical Vindications of the Baptists (Bost. 1858). See Cathcart, Baptist Encyclop. page 305. (J.C.S.)