Olivia Peyton Murray (1855-1949)
William Bayard Cutting was born on January 12, 1850 in Manhattan, New York. he was the son of Fulton Cutting and Elise Justin Bayard. He graduated from Columbia College in 1869 and Columbia Law School in 1871.
As a lawyer he assisted his grandfather Robert Bayard in the management of his railroad company. He also continued to operate the ferry system of New York City and the city of Brooklyn.
William Bayard Cutting in 1904 - Painted by Ellen Emmet Rand
Bayard Cutting Estate
Murray Family History
The Cutting Family at Westbrook, May 1909
Located at the intersection of East 79th Street and East End Avenue in New York
On April 26. 1877, Mr. Cutting was married at the University Place Presbyterian Church to Miss Olivia Peyton Murray, daughter of Bronson Murray and Ann Eliza Peyton. They had four children:,
William Bayard Cutting Jr. (1878 - 1910)
Justine Bayard Cutting (1879 - 1975) She married George Cabot Ward 1901.
Gov. Bronson Murray Cutting (1888 - 1935)
Olivia Murray Cutting (1892 - 1949) She married Henry James 1917.
Mr. Cutting was a director of the Metropolitan Opera and a trustee of Columbia University. He was also a director of the New York Botanical Gardens, the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
William Bayard Cutting died on board a special train bound for New York from Tucumcari, New Mexico, where he had been spending several months in hope of regaining his health. Death occurred near Rock Island, Ill and following an attack of acute indigestion on March 1, 1912.
In November 1949, Mrs. Olivia Murray Cutting passed away and her daughter, Olivia Bayard James, continued running the estate until 1952 when the arboretum management was fully transferred to the Long Island State Park and Recreation Commission, which at the time was headed by Robert Moses.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
The Great River Estate, known as "Westbrook" originally consisted of over one thousand acres. Only part of this area was deeded to the State of New York.
In 1938, Mrs. Bayard James donated an additional three hundred eighty-two acres, and her mother, Mrs. William Bayard Cutting, established an endowment of over $1,000,000 for the maintenance of the arboretum.
1887 Painting of Olivia Peyton Murray
by Alexandre Cabanel
William Bayard Cutting - holding a cane and hat, with a book next to him on the bench