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SHERMAN, James Schoolcraft, a Representative from New York and a Vice President of the United
States; born in Utica, N.Y., October 24, 1855; attended the public schools;
pursued academic and collegiate courses and graduated from Hamilton College,
Clinton, N.Y., in 1878; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced
practice in Utica, N.Y.; president of the Utica Trust & Deposit Co. and of
the New Hartford Canning Co.; mayor of Utica 1884; elected as a Republican to
the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891);
chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Fifty-fourth through Sixtieth
Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second
Congress; elected to the Fifty-third and to the seven succeeding Congresses
(March 4, 1893-March 3, 1909); was not a candidate for reelection, having been
nominated as the Republican candidate for Vice President on the ticket with
William Taft; elected Vice President of the United States in 1908 and served
from March 4, 1909, until his death; had been renominated for Vice President in
June 1912; died in Utica, Oneida County, N.Y., October 30, 1912; interment in
Forest Hill Cemetery.
BibliographyDictionary of American Biography;
American National Biography; Schlup, Leonard. The Pulse of
Old Guard Politics: James S. Sherman and the 1908 Republican Ticket.
Social Science Quest 5 (Summer 1988): 9-22.