Rev. L.A. Cutler, a distinguished minister of the Christian Church, often called the “Apostle of Prohibition” in Virginia, died near to his 66th birthday. He was born in Lovingston, Nelson County, Virginia on 9 February 1837.
He attended public school in Lovingston until age 17, then enrolled in Bethany College, graduating in 1957. After graduation, he went to preaching and to teaching school.
He was always a strong temperance man. In 1884, when a copy of The Voice fell into his hands and he learned of the existence of a political party pledged to the abolition of the legalized liquor traffic, he cast his vote for St. John and Daniels, the nominees of the Prohibition Party. Ever since, he has been a strong, uncompromising Prohibitionist. His stand cost sacrifice, but he has been ever true to his convictions. Among the pioneers in the great moral reform, his voice was ever heard in the pulpit in ringing denunciation of the legalized liquor traffic.
He was nominated by his party in 1896 for governor, in his absence and without his consent or knowledge. He received about 2700 votes. He made eight speeches during the canvass, six of which were in churches.
At the time of his death, he was pastor of four churches, in Orange, Hanover, Caroline, and King William.
— From an obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, located by Adam Seaman.