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Pennsylvania State Senate

Joel Barlow Sutherland


Session Office Position District Party
1815-1816 2 Democrat
 Counties   Philadelphia


1792 - 1861

Born in Gloucester County, N.J., February 26, 1792; attended the common schools, studied law and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, 1812; served in the War of 1812 as assistant surgeon to the “Junior Artillerists of Philadelphia,” transferred to the line, and was appointed in 1814 lieutenant colonel of rifles in the State militia; member of the State house of representatives 1813-1816; founder of Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia; served in the State senate in 1816 and 1817; abandoned medicine for the practice of law; admitted to Philadelphia Bar, March 30, 1919; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1837); chairman, Committee on Commerce (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses); unsuccessful Whig candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress and for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; associate judge of the court of common pleas of Philadelphia, Pa., in 1833 and 1834; died in Philadelphia, Pa., November 15, 1861; interment in the Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
He was the author of a "Manual of Parliamentary Practice," for the government of Congress, which was founded upon that of Jefferson, and was for many years a great book of reference and authority in parliamentary usages. Dr. Sutherland was for a short time deputy prosecuting attorney for the county of Philadelphia.