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SICKLES, Daniel Edgar, a Representative from New York; born in New York City 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 of
the State assembly in 1847; corporation attorney in 1853; secretary of the
legation at London by appointment of President Franklin Pierce 1853-1855;
member of the State senate in 1856 and 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; intrusted with a special mission to the South American Republics in
1865; chairman of the New York State Civil Service Commission in 1888 and 1889;
sheriff of New York City in 1890; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third
Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful for reelection in 1894 to
the Fifty-fourth Congress; resided in New York City until his death there May
3, 1914; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
Sickles the Incredible. New York: Scribner, 1956.