Cyrus Finley McNutt


Cyrus Finley McNutt



Cyrus Finley McNutt was born on July 29, 1837 in Johnson County, Indiana. He attended local schools and in 1854, he enrolled at Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana. After three terms, he had to return home to run the family farm after the death of his father. Eventually he was able to read for the law and attend law school in Indianapolis, and it 1860 he was admitted to the bar. He began his law practice in Franklin, and in 1862 he open a law office in Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana. In 1875, he joined the law faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington. Unfortunately, the law department closed in 1877 due to a cut in funding by the General Assembly. That fall, McNutt moved to Terre Haute to resume his law practice. In 1890, he was elected as Superior Court judge for Vigo County, serving for four years. In 1896, he retired from his law practice and moved to Los Angeles, California.

Although it was his intention to retire upon his move to California, he eventually formed a law partnership with two other attorneys and continued to practice law. Cyrus McNutt died on May 31, 1912 and was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. The book History of California and an Extended History of Los Angeles and Environs said “his life record was one on which rests no shadow of wrong or injustice. Loyalty and integrity characterized his every thought and action, and he commanded the confidence and esteem of all who knew him.” In 1916, his grandnephew Paul Vories McNutt joined the law faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington, became Dean in 1925, and elected Governor of Indiana in 1932.


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