McCutchen, Samford Brown

8/1/1909

SAMFORD BROWN MCCUTCHEN
July 9, 1834 - August 1909
 
Samford Brown McCutchen, son of Mark and Pomelia E. (Brown) McCutchen, was born at Columbus, Ga., July 9, 1834. His father was an influential citizen of Georgia, and held a commission as major in the State Militia. The family moved to Louisiana, and settled in Caddo parish, in 1848. In 1862, young Mr. McCutchen enlisted in the Confederate Army, becoming a private in the 27th Louisiana Infantry. He served as a gallant soldier throughout the War. Several times he was promoted- for -meritorious conduct. He was adjutant-general of General Allen Thomas Brigade at the time of the final surrender of this command, at Mansfield, La. After the War he returned to Shreveport, and accepted a position on a salary; afterward on his own account began business as a cotton and commission merchant, and later on in general merchandizing. In 1884, he entered into the banking business. He was one of the organizer, and afterward president, of the Commercial National Bank. In 1891, he disposed of his stock in this bank, and organized a private bank. As a businessman, he was clear-headed, conservative, and thoroughly honest. He was quite successful, and aside from his banking interests, he owned plantations in Louisiana and Texas, and also city property in Shreveport. He was a public-spirited citizen, and was for twenty-two years a member of the Caddo Public School Board. People had unbounded --confidence in the integrity of this man, and many leaned upon him as a wise counselor and unfailing friend. Early in life he was soundly converted, and at eleven years of age became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. For fourteen years he was Sunday school superintendent in our First Church, Shreveport; in 1870 he became a steward, which position he continued to hold until he passed into eternal rest, in July 1913. For many years he was Treasurer of the Joint Board of Finance of the Louisiana Conference. He was once at least a member of the General Conference of our Church. He was always deeply interested in the Church—not only at home, but abroad. He was habitually a regular and liberal giver to the Church—he led others In giving. His was a most lovable character. His life was full of sweetness and purity. He was dignified but tender and sympathetic, gentle but strong, modest but brave. His piety was deep and uniform. He was truly large-hearted and Catholic in spirit, but dearly as his own life he loved the doctrines and polity of his own Church. He was happy in his home. In December 1369, he was married to Amelia, daughter of Judge Joseph M. Ford of Caddo parish. She was indeed an elect woman. She passed from earth in August 1909. Four children, remain to cherish the memory and emulate the example of their godly parents.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1913, page 64, by Felix H. Hill,