John C. M. McNutt, a member of the law firm of Thompson & McNutt, of Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind., was born in Hensley Township, Johnson County, Ind., on May 25, 1863. His father was James McNutt, who was also born in Hensley Township, Johnson County, on the 10th day of March, 1836, and was the son of John McNutt, who came to Indiana and located in Johnson County at a very early date, in the history of the county. James McNutt, the father of our subject, was a farmer by occupation. The mother of our subject was Cyntha J. Hunt, who was born in Johnson County, December 16, 1840, and is the daughter of William R. Hunt, who was a native of Kentucky, and immigrated to Johnson County in about 1826. He was born in 1818, and died in 1886. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Hunt five children were born, four of whom survive. The mother was married in July, 1883, to Jacob M. Cooper, deceased, a resident of Johnson County. She is now a resident of Morgantown, Ind. Of the children, our subject was the second in age. He was reared on the farm until he was sixteen years of age. He, early in life, attended the district schools of his native township, in Johnson County, and finished his education by graduating from the Morgantown (Ind.) high school. At the age of seventeen years, he began teaching school, and for five years continued at the same, studying law in the meantime. He read law with an uncle, C. F. McNutt, at Terre Haute, Ind., and also with S. D. Luckett, at Bedford, and then in the office of K. M. Johnson, of Franklin, now of Washington, D. C. He was admitted to the bar in 1884, and in the spring of 1886, formed a co-partnership with William C. Thompson, and began practicing his profession in Franklin, and has continued up to the present. The firm also have a complete set of abstract books of Johnson County, and make abstracting a specialty. He married, July 7, 1886, Ruth Neely, who was born in Brown County, Ind., April 22, 1865, and is the daughter of Jacob M. and Sarah A. Neely, of Morgan­town, Ind. Mr. McNutt is a member of Johnson Lodge, No. 76, I. O. O. F., in which he at present occupies the chair of N. G.  Mrs. McNutt is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In the spring of 1888, he was nominated on the democratic ticket as candidate for prosecuting attorney for the district composed of Shelby and Johnson counties.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 641.