George Sutherland

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Tuesday, March 25, 1862
Saturday, July 18, 1942
Childhood Location 
Childhood Surroundings 
Associate Justice
Nominated By 
Commissioned on 
Tuesday, September 5, 1922
Sworn In 
Monday, October 2, 1922
Left Office 
Monday, January 17, 1938
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
15 years, 3 months, 15 days
George Sutherland
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George Sutherland was born in England but raised in Utah where he later practiced law and acheived a measure of Republican political prominence. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate. Sutherland was a confidant of Warren Harding when he ran for the presidency. Harding later nominated him to the Supreme Court. While in private practice, Sutherland articulated a fundamentally conservative position on the role of government. His vision did not change on the Court.

Sutherland offered his vote and voice in support of substantive due process and other judicial barriers to state governmentregulation and control. Much of this approach was rejected by subsequent Courts.

Sutherland was not a cipher, however. He left his mark on other domains including the law of "standing" and the constitutional constraints governing foreign relations. Sutherland also forged an important link in the nationalization of the Bill of Rights by articulating the steps states must take to assure the right to counsel in capital cases.

Clerk Law School Terms Clerked
Alan E. Gray 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
S. Edward Widdifield 1919, 1921

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