Rev Timothy Cutler

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Rev Timothy Cutler

Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Aug 1765 (aged 81–82)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Crypt 18
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"Appletons' cyclopaedia of American biography, Vol. II, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1887"
"Cutler, Timothy, clergyman, b. in Charlestown, Mass., in 1683; d. in Boston, in August, 1765. He was graduated at Harvard in 1701, became pastor of a Congregational society in Stratford, Conn., in 1710, and soon acquired a high reputation as a preacher. Yale college having become established in New Haven, Mr. Cutler was appointed rector in 1719, and entered upon his duties with zeal and energy. It was not long, however, before the new rector, having read some standard church works in the college library (such as those of Barrow, Patrick, South, Sherlock, etc.), was persuaded that Presbyterian and Congregational ordination was invalid. A discussion was held on this subject in the college library in October 1722, when the rector and Mr. Johnson, of Stratford, upheld the divine right of episcopacy. Of course, Mr. Cutler could not remain in Yale college, and the trustees promptly voted his dismissal. He thereupon, in company with Mr. Johnson and Mr. Browne, sailed for England, in November, 1722, was ordained by the bishop of Norwich, in March, 1723, and received the degree of D.D. from both Oxford and Cambridge. He was appointed missionary by the Propagation society, returned to America, and took charge of Christ church, Boston, which was first opened for public worship on 29 Dec. Dr. Cutler continued in this place during his long and useful life, always a consistent churchman, yet rarely engaging in controversy. He published several single sermons, and was one of the most influential and learned of the Episcopal clergy in colonial days.."


Here lyes entomb'd the body of the
First minister of this church
deceased Aug'st 17 1765
aged 81 years
the body of
widow of the above
died Sept'r ye 12th 1771
aged 81 years

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