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Daniel Sutherland

Born: Apr 17, 1869

Death: Mar 24, 1955

Birthplace: Cape Breton Island

Nationality: United States

Daniel Sutherland

Date of Birth : Apr 17, 1869
Date of Death : Mar 24, 1955
Birth Place : Cape Breton Island

Daniel Alexander Sutherland, nicknamed "Fighting Dan", was an American businessperson and politician who served in the United States House of Representatives during the 1920s as the delegate from what was then the Alaska Territory. Sutherland was born in Pleasant Bay, Canada on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He moved with his parents to Essex in the U.S. state of Massachusetts in 1876, where he attended the public schools. He was later employed as a grocer's clerk, and subsequently engaged in the fish business. Sutherland moved to Circle City, Alaska in 1898. When gold was discovered in the sands of Nome in 1900 he moved across the territory and became a prospector eventually becoming a co-owner of a mining company. In 1909 he moved to Juneau. After a campaign that crossed the Alaska by dog sled, he was elected to the first territorial senate from 1912 to 1920, serving as its president in 1915. During World War I he enrolled in the United States Naval Reserve. He was very popular, and was elected as a Republican to the 67th, 68th, 69th, 70th, and 71st Congresses, serving from March 4, 1921 to March 3, 1931. He earned his nickname for his combative style on Capitol Hill.

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