John Rudolph Sutermeister, was an American jurist and poet.
After studying alternately at the Rhinebeck Hartwick Academy, he studied law at Rhinebeck.
In 1817 he was sent to boarding school in Cooperstown, New New York In 1824 he began a tour through the western part of the state of New York to find a suitable location to establish itself as a lawyer He settled in the same year in Syracuse, New New York
However, the legal profession did not suit him and he then worked briefly as editor of the Syracuse Gazette.
In July 1825 he left Syracuse to move to New York where his friends had found a suitable and lucrative position for him. However, this was short-lived because six months later he died.
John made himself a poet deserving in his short life. Published also in: American Farmer, northern
21, volunteer 6, Baltimore, 13 August 1824, p.
To a Humming Bird. (originally appeared in 1824) (Excerpt)
Published in: John Keese: The Poets of America, volume 1, South. Colman, 1840, p. 124-125.
And in: A. B. Cleveland: Studies in Poetry and Prose: Consisting of Selections Principally from American Writers, and Designed for the Highest Class in Schools.
West. and J. Neal, 1832, p.
The Garden. (1825)
Minor Poems. A Contrasted Picture.
(John Rudolph Sutermeister on Internet Archive, p 72-73)
The Lament or A Lament. (Digitalized by Gutenbergorg, including biographical background) (John Rudolph Sutermeister on Internet Archive, p 73-74)
(John Rudolph Sutermeister on Internet Archive, p 74-75) (Rufus Wilmot Griswold: The Poets and Poetry of America: To the Middle of the Nineteenth Century A Hart, 1852, p 545)