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Papers, 1916-1919, of John A. Cutchins of Richmond, Virginia, consisting of Cutchins' letters from the army to his parents Solomon Cutchins (1854-1925) and Roberta C. Oppenhiemer Cutchins (1862-1930) of Richmond, Virginia. Cutchins writes about his service in the army along the border of Mexico; his time in officer's school; his service in the 29th Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces, in World War I while in France; and his time as a member of the International Permanent Armistice Commission after the war ended. Cutchins provides information on both his professional and personal life while in the military. He also offers details about the Armistice Commission. Collection contains both the originals of his letters and typescript copies. Also includes a rough draft manuscript of chapter XIII of his book AN AMATEUR DIPLOMAT IN THE WORLD WAR
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John Abram Cutchins was born 9 November 1881 in Richmond, Virginia, to Solomon Cutchins (1854-1925) and Roberta C. Oppenhiemer Cutchins (1862-1930). Cutchins attended prep schools before entering the University of Virginia in 1899 and leaving in 1903. He then attended Richmond College and graduated with Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees in 1905. He entered the practice of law that same year. Appointed to fill an unfinished term on the Richmond City Council, he served for 3 years. In 1904, Cutchins joined the Richmond Light Infantry Blues, becoming a captain when that unit was sent to the Mexican border in 1916. This unit became part of the 29th Division of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in World War I, and Cutchins became assistant chief of staff. He later served on the staff of General John J. Pershing. After Armistice, Cutchins was the American representative on the international commission on financial and administrative questions about the Allied occupation of Germany, and also served on other commissions. Cutchins was honorably discharged 15 July 1919, having risen from a National Guard captain to a lieutenant colonel on the AEF staff. Returning to his law practice in Richmond, Cutchins also held several public posts including Director of Public Safety from 1935 to 1940. He published several works on his army experiences, including AN AMATEUR DIPLOMAT IN THE WORLD WAR and HISTORY OF THE TWENTY-NINTH DIVISION, "BLUE AND GRAY," 1917-1919. Cutchins married Agnes Taff (1902-1988) of Boston, Massachusetts, 17 December 1936. Cutchins died in Richmond 24 September 1976 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
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