John Tinney McCutcheon

John Tinney McCutcheon

McCutcheon, John Tinney, 1870-1949, American cartoonist, b. Tippecanoe co., Ind. He had been associated with the Chicago Record and Record-Herald when in 1903 he joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune, remaining with that paper until he retired (1945). He was war correspondent during the Spanish-American and Boer wars, during the Mexican expedition in 1914, and during World War I. In 1931 he won the Pulitzer Prize for one of his cartoons, A Wise Economist Asks a Question. Several collections of his cartoons have been published.
John Tinney McCutcheon (May 6 1870June 10 1949) was an American newspaper political cartoonist.

McCutcheon was born near South Raub, Tippecanoe County, Indiana to Captain John Barr McCutcheon and Clara Glick McCutcheon. He graduated from Purdue University, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, in 1889 with a Bachelor of Science degree. At Purdue, he worked with typographer Bruce Rogers on the student newspaper and yearbook. There is now a dormitory at Purdue university and McCutcheon High School, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, named in his honor.

He worked at the Chicago Morning News (later called the Chicago Record) and then at the Chicago Tribune from 1903 until his retirement in 1946.

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Cartoons in 1932. Often called the "Dean of American Cartoonists", McCutcheon died June 10 1949 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

He was the younger brother of novelist George Barr McCutcheon, writer of the "Graustark" books.

On the Purdue Campus, McCutcheon is memorialized in a coeducational dormitory, John T. McCutcheon Hall. The lobby displays an original of one of his drawings, a nearly life-size drawing of a young man.


  • Cartoons: A Selection of One Hundred Drawings (1903) - with introduction by George Ade
  • Bird Center Cartoons; A chronicle of social happenings at Bird Center Illinois 1904
  • The Mysterious Stranger and Other Cartoons (1905)
  • Injun Summer (1907)
  • T.R. in Cartoons (1910)
  • Drawn from Memory - The Autobiography of John T. McCutcheon, The Bobbs-Merrill Company (1950)

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