SICKLES, Daniel Edgar, (1819 - 1914)


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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.


Bibliography

Swanberg, W.A. Sickles the Incredible. New York: Scribner, 1956.