Cutten, George Barton

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George Barton Cutten was born in 1874 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, the son of William F. and Abigail (Trefry) Cutten. Although he did not continue past grade ten in high school, he was convinced by his uncle to attend Acadia University, where he graduated in 1896. He later attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he received a PhD in Psychology in 1902. In 1898, he married Minnie Brown. While at Yale, he was a Baptist Minister, and his first daughter was born. Later the family moved to New York, where he was reverend in Corning, and two more of his children were born. The next move was to Columbus, Ohio, where his last child and first son was born in 1908. In 1910, Cutten was accepted as the new president of Acadia University. While at Acadia, Cutten made changes to the structure of the academic programs, dividing up the faculties, adding staff and courses. While President, he acted as the chair of the Psychology department, fundraised to aid the development of the University Library, and over-saw the erection of six new buildings. Between 1914 and 1918, Cutten was very interested in the military and spent much of his time and efforts into recruiting. Following the outbreak of World War One, Cutten enlisted in the 219th Battalion with the rank of major. He served as Chief Security Officer, Military District 6 in Halifax. Following the Halifax Explosion, Cutten was employed by the Halifax Relief Commission as Director of Rehabilitation. While he worked in Halifax, Dr. Tufts filled his position at Acadia. In 1922, he left Acadia, moving to Hamilton, New York as the president of Colgate, University until his retirement in 1942. George Barton Cutten died in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1962.


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