John Sutherland and the Capital Fights

John Sutherland and the Capital Fights (HM2BZL)

Location: Pierre, SD 57501 Hughes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 22.192', W 100° 21.171'

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Born in Canada, John Sutherland taught school in Wisconsin and received his law degree from Brown University. He came to Dakota Territory in 1884. The young Scottish attorney led Pierre's campaign committee to resounding victories in the "capital wars" of 1889, 1890, and 1904. In those raucous statewide elections, voters chose Pierre over Huron, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Chamberlain, and other challengers. Sutherland was a Progressive Republican. His 1904 capital campaign slogan, Stand Pat for Pierre, reflected his support for Theodore Roosevelt, whose 1904 re-election campaign theme was Stand Pat. In 1905, State Representative Sutherland introduced the legislation that started the construction of the State Capitol, which workers completed in 1910. Sutherland was president of the Pierre Board of Education and Pierre Board of Trade, as well as active in the South Dakota State Historical Society and Baptist Church. He died in 1941 and is buried in Pierre's Riverside Cemetery. This house on the corner of North Huron and West Capital Avenues was the Sutherland family home. The building across the street to the east was dedicated the John Sutherland Building in 2010 in honor of his contributions.
Year Placed2011
Placed ByState of South Dakota
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Date Added Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 392212 N 4913844
Decimal Degrees44.36986667, -100.35285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.192', W 100° 21.171'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 11.52" N, 100° 21' 10.26" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 206 W Capitol Ave, Pierre SD 57501, US
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