October 2022 marked one hundred years since George Sutherland began his service on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served for 16 years. The only Utahn ever to serve on the court, Sutherland left an indelible mark on Utah and the nation with his firm defense of the U.S. Constitution and his commitment to principle. 

It is this steadfast commitment throughout his life, and his reputation as a man of character, that led the founders of Sutherland Institute to choose George Sutherland as our organization’s namesake. 

In October 2022, we partnered with Zions Bank to commemorate the life and legacy of George Sutherland. Utahns heard a series of short stories on KSL Radio that highlighted different aspects of Sutherland’s life and public service. In addition, this page features a collection of blogs, essays and multimedia content profiling this important historical figure.

From his early life in Utah overcoming poverty and getting an education, to his service in the Utah Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, to his legacy of principled decisions on the Supreme Court, Sutherland’s life exemplified the Utah spirit of hard work and commitment to principle – and the American ideals enshrined in our Constitution.

Special thanks to the contribution and partnership of


Blogs and Essays

Governor’s Declaration

On the radio

George Sutherland's Support for Women's Rights

by Sutherland Institute

The Influence of Rosamond Lee Sutherland

by Sutherland Institute

George Sutherland’s formative years

by Sutherland Institute

George Sutherland as an elected official

by Sutherland Institute

George Sutherland’s judicial confirmation

by Sutherland Institute

George Sutherland on court packing

by Sutherland Institute

George Sutherland's judicial philosophy

by Sutherland Institute

George Sutherland's impact on the presidency

by Sutherland Institute


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