October 13, 1825, Boston, Massachusetts.
December 5, 1902, at his home in Swampscott, Massachusetts (about 12 miles north of Boston).
Henry was the son of Roland Cutler and Martha Richardson, and husband of Ellen McNoah (married 1883).
He studied organ under Aaron Upjohn Hayter, organist of Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1844, he went to Europe to continue his studies in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. While abroad, he visited many English cathedrals and became familiar with their style of music.
In 1852, he became organist at the Church of the Advent, Boston, and, in 1858, organist and choirmaster at Trinity Church, New York City. He also played at churches in Brooklyn, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Troy, New York; and Newark, New Jersey.