Born in Madison County, Missouri, Caruthers was graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fredericktown, Missouri. He moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1844. Congressman Caruthers held several local offices prior to being elected to the U.S. Congress.
Caruthers was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress. He was reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1857). Caruthers changed political party membership again and was reelected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859). He died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, July 20, 1860.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70.
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