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Roderick Dhu Sutherland (April 27, 1862 – October 18, 1915) was an American Populist Party politician.

Roderick Dhu Sutherland
Roderick Dhu Sutherland (Nebraska Congressman).jpg
From Volume 2 (1899) of Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, Supreme Court, and Fifty-fifth Congress
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byWilliam E. Andrews
Succeeded byAshton C. Shallenberger
Personal details
Born(1862-04-27)April 27, 1862
Scotch Grove, Iowa
DiedOctober 18, 1915(1915-10-18) (aged 53)
Kansas City, Kansas
Political partyPopulist

Sutherland was born in Scotch Grove, Iowa and attended Amity College, in College Springs, Iowa. He taught school and studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1888. He set up practice in Nelson, Nebraska, becoming the prosecuting attorney of Nuckolls County 1890 until 1896.

Sutherland served as the chairman of the Populist state convention in Nebraska in 1899. He then was appointed by governor William A. Poynter as a delegate to the trust conference held in Chicago in September 1899. He was elected as a Populist to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901), but failed at being reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress in November 1900. He was a delegate to the Populist National Convention and a delegate to the 1900 Democratic National Convention and the 1908 Democratic National Convention.

After his Congressional service, Sutherland resumed practice of law in Nelson, and died in Kansas City, Kansas in 1915. His remains were interred in Nelson Cemetery, Nelson, Nebraska.


  1. "Sutherland, Roderick Dhu". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 15, 2006.
  2. "Sutherland, Roderick Dhu". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 15, 2006.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William E. Andrews (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Succeeded by
Ashton C. Shallenberger (D)