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date: 24 February 2021

Sherman, Johnlocked

(10 May 1823–22 October 1900)
  • Allan Burton Spetter

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Sherman, John (10 May 1823–22 October 1900), senator, secretary of the treasury, and secretary of state, was born in Lancaster, Ohio, the son of Charles Sherman, a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court, and Mary Hoyt. Sherman was only six years old in 1829 when his father died, leaving a widow with eleven children. The family’s financial situation forced Sherman’s mother to send many of the children to relatives, and in 1831 Sherman moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to live with his father’s cousin. He returned to Lancaster four years later. His decision to quit school at the age of fourteen may have been motivated by a determination to help provide for the family. Sherman spent the next two years outdoors, apprenticing to engineers working on river improvements in Ohio. In 1840 he moved to Mansfield, Ohio, to study law. When Sherman turned twenty-one in 1844, he was admitted to the bar and established a practice. He married Margaret Stewart four years later. They adopted one child....

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