George E. Cutler

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George E. Cutler (1864 – November 16, 1929) owned a thriving wholesale produce firm at 321 Greenwich Street in Manhattan, in the 1920s. He headed the business for thirty years and was a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Independent Order of Foresters.

Civic leader[edit]

Cutler was a native of Ionia, Michigan and was a high school principal in the western United States, prior to relocating to New York. His home was at 55 Claremont Avenue in the Chester Hill section of Mount Vernon, New York. He was prominent in civic affairs there, having served two terms as a school trustee. Cutler participated in community and hospital drives for funds in Mount Vernon.

Committed suicide[edit]

He leaped to his death from a seventh floor window of the Munson Building, which had entrances at 67 Wall Street and 85 Beaver Street. Cutler reputedly lost a fortune in the 1929 Stock Market Crash, and made his plunge while visiting the law offices of Fitch and Grant, located in the Munson Building. He tried unsuccessfully to see a particular attorney named Grant C. Fox. Cutler climbed through a window overlooking Beaver Street and then out on a ledge. A lawyer, Robert Hawthorne, tried unsuccessfully to pull him back inside, grabbing the tail of Cutler's coat before losing his grip. Cutler fell to his death on to an automobile parked near the junction of Wall Street, Pearl Street, and Beaver Street.[1]


  1. ^ G.E. Cutler Dies In Wall St. Leap, New York Times, November 17, 1929, pg. 2.