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CUTTING, Sewall Sylvester, educator, born in Windsor, Vermont, 19 Jan.. 1813; died in Brooklyn, New York, 7 February 1882. He was graduated at the University of Vermont, and in 1836 was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts, but soon removed to Southbridge, Massachusetts, where he remained eight years as pastor of the Baptist Church in that place. In 1845 he assumed editorial charge of the "Baptist Advocate" in New York, changing its name to the "New York Recorder." In his hands the paper at once rose in character and greatly increased in circulation. In 1850 he retired from the "Recorder," and was for a short time secretary of the American and Foreign Bible society. From 1849 till 1852 he was editor of the " Christian Review," and from 1851 till 1853 was on the editorial staff of the "Watchman and Reflector," published in Boston. In the last-named year he was recalled to the editorship of the " New York Recorder." In 1855, in connection with Dr. Edward Bright, he bought the New York " Baptist Register," consolidating it with the " Recorder," and changing the name to "The Examiner." In the same year he was called to the professorship of rhetoric and history in the University of Rochester, a chair that he held until 1868. He was the first secretary of the Baptist educational commission, an association formed in 1867 "to promote education and the increase of the ministry in the Baptist denomination." In 1870 the scope of this commission was enlarged by affixing " American" to its name and extending its care to the interests of higher education in general. Of this enlarged commission Dr. Cutting remained secretary. This organization, having accomplished its aim, discontinued its agency in 1876. From September 1876, till May 1879, Dr. Cutting was corresponding secretary of the American Baptist home mission society. He was the author of "Historical Vindications" (Boston, 1859); "Struggles and Triumphs of Religious Liberty" (New York, 1876); and "Ancient Baptistries" (published posthumously). Several of his poems, as well as many occasional discourses, were printed. He received the degree of D. D. from the University of Vermont.
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