Richard Cutts

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Richard Cutts
Richard Cutts (Maine Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1801 – March 3, 1813
Preceded byGeorge Thatcher
Succeeded byCyrus King
Personal details
Born(1771-06-28)June 28, 1771
Pepperellborough, Massachusetts Bay, British America (now Saco, Maine)
DiedApril 7, 1845(1845-04-07) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
RelationsJames Madison (brother-in-law)
Dolley Madison (sister-in-law)
Alma materHarvard University

Richard Cutts (June 28, 1771 – April 7, 1845) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. Born on Cutts Island near the town of Pepperellborough in Massachusetts Bay's Province of Maine (modern-day Saco, Maine), he attended rural schools and Phillips Academy, Andover. He graduated from Harvard University in 1790, studied law, and engaged extensively in navigation and commercial pursuits. He was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1799 and 1800, and was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Seventh and the five succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1801 to March 3, 1813. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress, and was appointed superintendent general of military supplies and served from 1813 to 1817. He was then appointed Second Comptroller of the Treasury on March 6, 1817, and served in this capacity until March 21, 1829. Cutts died in Washington, D.C.; initial interment was in St. John's Graveyard, and in 1857 reinterment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

He was the husband of Dolley Madison's sister Anna, and thus President James Madison's brother-in-law. His grandson James M. Cutts was a recipient of the Medal of Honor.


  • United States Congress. "Richard Cutts (id: C001033)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Thatcher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Cyrus King