Robert Sutherland was born in Jamaica and came to Kingston, Ontario, to study at Queen's University in 1849. While at Queen's he won 14 academic prizes. In 1852, he graduated with honors in classics and mathematics. He then pursued law and was qualified by 1855. He served as a lawyer in Berlin (now Kitchener) and Walkerton (near Owen Sound) and held a municipal office. Upon his death, Sutherland, who had never married, left his estate of $12,000 to Queen's University. This bestowment allowed Queen's to remain separate from the University of Toronto. Sutherland may have been the first Black student and the first Black graduate of Queen's and the first Black lawyer; he was also clearly one of the most important benefactors of Queen's University.
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