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John Rudolph Sutermeister

New York

John Sutermeister was born to Swiss parents on the island of Curaçao in the West Indies. He arrived in New York City at the age of eight and then moved with his father's family to Rhinebeck. After his father returned to the West Indies, Sutermeister was sent to a seminary at Cooperstown, New York. He also studied at Rhinebeck Academy and Hartwick Academy, and studied law in Rhinebeck and in 1824 was admitted to the bar. Sutermeiser settled upon Syracuse to practice law but soon thereafter became editorial manager of the Syracuse Gazette. He left the Gazette in July 1825, but died in the early days of 1826 of small-pox. He was twenty-three years old.

[See: Samuel Kettell, 3 Specimens of American Poetry, with Critical and Biographical Notices 72 ff (New York: Benjamin Blom, 1967)(1829)(3 vols.)] [See: "Faded Hours," in Rufus Wilmot Griswold, The Poets and Poetry of America 533 (Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1848)]