John B. Dutcher
What Albert J. Akin was to Quaker Hill, John B. Dutcher was to the Village of Pawling.
Born in Feburary of 1830 in the nearby town of Dover, Dutcher held of a number of local and state offices throughout his life. In 1857 he was elected a Supervisor of Dover, and in 1858 a Justice of the Peace; in 1861 and 1861 he was a member of the New York State Assembly, and from 1864 to 1865 he was a member of the New York State Senate. He became the first president of the Village of Pawling when it was incorporated.
A tireless civic and economic booster of Pawling, he served as the president of the National Bank of Pawling after Albert Akin resigned, and was appointed director of the New York and Harlem Railroad in 1864. Among his numerous business ventures was the Dutcher House, a luxury hotel in the heart of Pawling Village which served to anchor the community and draw wealthy visitors from the city.