DESERET NEWS, Sept. 6, 1922: JUSTICE SUTHERLAND. That title has a good ring to the ears of the people of Utah, who will quite universally rejoice in the honor that has come to this state through the appointment of George Sutherland to the Supreme Court; an appointment, it is announced, which the United States Senate took only ten minutes to affirm . . .
George Sutherland was for years a student of Dr. (Karl G. Maeser, early Brigham Young University instructor) . . . Dr. Maeser was often heard to say that Sutherland in his youth was one of the best writers in the English language he had ever known. He considered every essay this young man handed in for class recitation a model of classic literature . . .Many students who were companions of George Sutherland will recall with pride his brilliant career . . . Mr. Sutherland's educational preparations in Utah fitted him well for the advnced eduction he subsequently received in Michigan.. Utah pays its heartfelt respects to the man whose high appointment brings distinguished honor to the state.
The only Utahn ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Sutherland was named to the office by President Warren G. Harding. He had earlier served as a state legislator in Utah and as the state's representative to both the U.S. House and Senate. He became one of the "nine old men of the court" whose conservative positions were a thorn in the side of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During his term on the court, he signed 295 majority opinions and 24 dissents.