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William H. Sutphin

William Halstead Sutphin (August 30, 1887 – October 14, 1972) was an American military officer, businessman, and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 1931 to 1943.

William Halstead Sutphin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byHarold G. Hoffman (R)
Succeeded byJames C. Auchincloss (R)
Personal details
BornAugust 30, 1887
Browntown, New Jersey
DiedOctober 14, 1972(1972-10-14) (aged 85)
Salisbury, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic


He was born on August 30, 1887 in Browntown, New Jersey and he attended the public schools of Matawan, New Jersey, the Woods Business College in Brooklyn, and attended the officers training camp at Plattsburgh, New York in 1915. He was Mayor of Matawan, New Jersey from 1915–1916 and 1921–1926. He served on the United States-Mexico border in 1916 (see Pancho Villa Expedition) with B Troop, First Squadron, New Jersey Cavalry. During World War I he served in France from December 1917 to May 1919 and was discharged as captain in the Air Service. He was a factory representative for asphalt roofing from 1920 to 1931.

Sutphin was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931–January 3, 1943). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress.

After leaving office, he went on to be vice president of the M.J. Merkin Paint Co., in New York City. He retired in 1951 and resided in Berlin, Maryland. Sutphin died in Salisbury, Maryland on October 14, 1972 and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "William H. Sutphin (id: S001086)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William Halstead Sutphin at The Political Graveyard
  • William Halstead Sutphin at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harold G. Hoffman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1931–January 3, 1943
Succeeded by
James C. Auchincloss