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SICKLES, Daniel Edgar, a Representative from New York; born in New York City, N.Y., October
20, 1819; attended New York University; apprenticed as a printer; studied law;
was admitted to the bar in 1846 and commenced practice in New York City;
member, New York state assembly, 1847; corporation attorney, 1853; secretary of
the legation at London by appointment of President Franklin Pierce, 1853-1855;
member, New York state senate, 1856-1857; elected as a Democrat to the
Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not
a candidate for renomination in 1860; served in the Civil War as colonel of the
Seventeenth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and brigadier general and
major general of Volunteers; retired with rank of major general, April 14,
1869; awarded the Medal of Honor, October 30, 1897, for action at the Battle of
Gettysburg; entrusted with a special mission to the South American Republics in
1865; chairman, New York State Civil Service Commission, 1888-1889; sheriff,
New York City, 1890; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March
4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the
Fifty-fourth Congress; resided in New York City, N.Y., until his death there
May 3, 1914; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
Sickles the Incredible. New York: Scribner, 1956.