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George Washington Cutter

George W. Cutter (died 1865) was an American poet.[1]

According to biographical material provided by a cousin, he was christened George Wales Cutter. The date and place of his birth is disputed, claimed by or traced to either Toronto, Canada or Massachusetts.[2]

He settled in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1826, where he studied and practiced law and ultimately was elected to the Indiana legislature. After marrying actress Frances Denny Drake, widow of actor, Alexander Drake, who was known in national theater circles as "Mrs. Drake, Star of the West", in 1839, the Cutters resided in Terre Haute before relocating to the Drake residence in Covington, Kentucky.

He fought in the Mexican War, serving under G. Zachary Taylor, and later entered the political field, where he soon became known as a brilliant speaker. His most celebrated poems are "The Song of Steam" "The Song of the Lightning", "E Pluribus Unum" and "Buena Vista". Cutter's marriage to Franes Denny Drake ended in divorce and, though he remarried, much of the remainder of his life was troubled by bouts with intemperance.

He died in Washington, D.C. in 1865.

His works were published under the respective titles:

  • Buena Vista and Other Poems (1848)
  • Song of Steam and Other Poems (1857)
  • Poems, National and Patriotic (1857)


  1. ^ Strangers to Us All - Lawyers and Poetry - George W. Cutter at the Wayback Machine (archived May 1, 2004)
  2. ^ The Poets and Poetry of the West at the Wayback Machine (archived March 10, 2004)


  • George W. Cutter: America's Poet Warrior, The Journal of Kentucky Studies 18 (2001), pp. 74–85.

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