Joel Barlow SUTHERLAND, Congress, PA (1792-1861)


SUTHERLAND, Joel Barlow, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Gloucester County, N.J., February 26, 1792; attended the common schools, and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1812; served in the War of 1812 as assistant surgeon to the âJunior Artillerists of Philadelphia,â 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; 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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present