SUTHERLAND, Howard, (1865 - 1950)

Senate Years of Service: 1917-1923
Party: Republican

SUTHERLAND, Howard, a Representative and a Senator from West Virginia; born near Kirkwood, St. Louis County, Mo., September 8, 1865; attended the public schools of the county and the city of St. Louis; graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., in 1889; edited a daily and weekly newspaper at Fulton; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1890; employed in the Census Office; studied law at Columbian (now George Washington) University, Washington, D.C.; moved to Elkins, Randolph County, W.Va., in 1893; engaged in the coal and railroad business and later in the coal and timberland business; member, State senate 1908-1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1917); did not seek renomination in 1916, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1916 and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1923; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922; chairman, Committee on the Census (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Enrolled Bills (Sixty-seventh Congress); resumed his former business activities in Elkins, W.Va.; vice president of the West Virginia Board of Trade; chairman of the West Virginia Good Roads Commission; member of the board of trustees of Davis and Elkins Presbyterian College; appointed Alien Property Custodian by President Calvin Coolidge 1925-1933, when he resigned and retired from public life; was a resident of Washington, D.C., until his death on March 12, 1950; interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins, W.Va.


Bibliography

Casdorph, Paul D. “Howard Sutherland’s 1920 Bid for the Presidency.” West Virginia History 35 (1973-1974): 1-25.