All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

James and Dolley Madison's Saco Connection

A couple from Saco had a close relationship with President James Madison and his wife Dolley.
Richard Cutts, the fifth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Cutts, was married to Dolley’s little sister, Anne Payne. Richard and Anne Cutts divided their time between Saco and Washington, D.C. and the Madisons were known to drop in to visit the Cutts’s in Saco from time to time.

Because of that family co[nn]ection, it isn’t surprising that Jerry Collins, of Kennebunk, a visitor to the Saco Museum found an engraving of James Madison hanging in one of the upstairs rooms. What was surprising is that this portrait is one of only a very few known to exist. [Link]
Richard Cutts was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1801 to 1813, and was Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury from 1817 to 1829. His former home at Lafayette Square in Washington was the final residence of Dolley Madison. Upon Cutts's death in 1845, an obituary was written by his former D.C. neighbor, John Quincy Adams.

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