Joel Barlow Sutherland

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Joel Barlow Sutherland
1st President of the
General Society of the War of 1812
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Peter Hay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
Preceded by Daniel H. Miller
Succeeded by Lemuel Paynter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd district
In office
Preceded by John Wurts
Succeeded by Joseph Hemphill
Personal details
Born (1792-02-26)February 26, 1792
Gloucester County, New Jersey
Died November 15, 1861(1861-11-15) (aged 69)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Resting place Old Pine Street Church,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
39°56′36.0″N 75°08′57.7″W / 39.943333°N 75.149361°W / 39.943333; -75.149361
Nationality American
Political party Whig
Other political
Democratic (before 1836)
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Profession Politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Pennsylvania Militia
Years of service 1812–1814
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Commands 1st (Sutherland's) Regiment of Riflemen
Battles/wars War of 1812

Joel Barlow Sutherland (February 26, 1792 – November 15, 1861) was an American politician who served as the first President of the General Society of the War of 1812 from 1854 to 1861. He was a member of the Democratic Party who represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives (1827–1837).[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Joel Barlow Sutherland was born in Gloucester County, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1812. He 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. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1813 to 1816. He was a founder of Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1816 and 1817. He later abandoned medicine for the practice of law.[2]

Sutherland was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and to the four succeeding Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Commerce during the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress and for election in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress. He served as associate judge of the court of common pleas of Philadelphia in 1833 and 1834.[2]


Sutherland died on November 15, 1861, at the age of 69. His grave is in the churchyard of Old Pine Street Church, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our History". General Society of the War of 1812. Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c United States Congress. "Joel Barlow Sutherland (id: S001083)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 

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