Harmon S. Cutting
37th Mayor of Buffalo
In office
December 1882 – January 1883
Preceded byMarcus M. Drake
Succeeded byJohn B. Manning
Personal details
Born(1820-09-09)September 9, 1820
Bradfield, Essex, England
DiedApril 25, 1884(1884-04-25) (aged 63)
Buffalo, New York
Resting placeForest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York
Political partyDemocratic

Harmon Sydney Cutting (September 9, 1820 – April 25, 1884) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving from December, 1882 to January 1883, in the aftermath after the resignation of Grover Cleveland.

He was born in England in 1820 and emigrated to the United States in 1836. He began studying law in 1845, was admitted to the bar, and opened a practice in Buffalo in 1853.[2]

A Democrat, in 1862 and 1863 Cutting served as City Attorney under Mayor William Fargo. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 2nd D.) in 1865.

In 1882, he was appointed the mayor's clerk by Mayor Grover Cleveland. On December 29, 1882, Cutting was appointed Mayor pro tem, after interim Mayor Marcus M. Drake resigned, until the special election on January 9, 1883. Cutting gave up his short term as Mayor when John B. Manning was sworn in on January 16, 1883, and served as city clerk until his death in 1884. He died of pneumonia on April 25, 1884, and his funeral was attended by Cleveland, who was then Governor of New York.[3] Cutting was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b "Harmon S. Cutting". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.
  3. ^ "The Dead Lawyer: Tributes of Respect to Harmon S. Cutting's Memory" (PDF). Buffalo Evening Republic. April 26, 1884. p. 1.
New York State Assembly Preceded byFrederick P. Stevens New York State Assembly Erie County, 2nd District 1865 Succeeded byJohn J. L. C. Jewett Political offices Preceded byMarcus M. Drake Mayor of Buffalo, New York 1882–1883 Succeeded byJohn B. Manning