McCutcheon Hall History

McCutcheon Hall opened in 1963 and was named for John T. McCutcheon, an editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. John T. McCutcheon was born on May 6, 1870, in Tippecanoe County, the home of Purdue University. His grandparents emigrated from Scotland, thus the McCutcheon Hall club name of the “Royal Highlanders”, after the Scottish clans, was adopted.

John T. McCutcheon graduated from Purdue in 1889. He worked at two Chicago newspapers, joining the Tribune in 1903. He retired from the Tribune in 1946. He was a world traveler and served as a war correspondent at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898, the Boer War in South Africa, and World War I. He received the Pulitzer Prize for cartoons in 1931.