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William McSherry


 

Sessions

Session Office Position District Party
1863 18 Democrat
1864 18 Democrat
1865 19 Democrat
1872 20 Democrat
1873 20 Democrat
1874 20 Democrat
 Counties   Adams, Franklin, Fulton, York

Biography

04/14/1821 - 01/10/1899

William McSherry (D18) 1863-1864 (D19) 1865 (D20) 1872-1874 Adams Franklin Fulton and York Counties  

Early Life: 

William McSherry, born April 14, 1821, Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania; son of James and Ann Ridgely Sappington McSherry; Mount Saint Mary’s College, 1840; studied law under James M. Cole; attorney, 1842-1873; farmer; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1847; reelected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, March 16, 1849, sworn-in, served the remaining term; reelected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1850; president, Littlestown Railroad Company; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-1865, elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1872-1874; president appointee, assessor, Internal Revenue, 16th Pennsylvania District; director, Gettysburg National Bank; director, Littlestown Savings Institution; director, Gettysburg and Petersburg Turnpike Company; married, Eliza Thompson McSherry (d.1866) remarried, Sarah A Buddy McSherry, thirteen children; died, January 10, 1899, Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Aloysius Cemetery, Germany Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Admitted, Adams County bar, 1842, opening a practice with future United States Senator James Cooper, Gettysburg, 1842-1846; attorney, 1842-1873; president, Littlestown Railroad Company, appointed, assessor, Internal Revenue for the 16th Pennsylvania District; director, Gettysburg National Bank; director, Littlestown Savings Institution; director, Gettysburg and Petersburg Turnpike Company. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1847; not a candidate for reelection, 1848

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, March 16, 1849; Sworn-In, serve the remaining term; not a candidate for reelection, 1849, vacancy, election of law partner James Cooper, United States Senate.

Elected, Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1850; not a candidate for reelection, 1851

18th District 1863-64, 19th District 1865, 20th District 1872-74 Fulton York

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, 1863-1864.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, 1865.

Appointed, President Andrew Johnson, assessor, Internal Revenue, 16th Pennsylvania District.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1872-1874; not a candidate for reelection 1874; committee assignments, Accounts, Agriculture, Finance and Pension and Gratuities.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=8348&body=H

Legacy:

Children, Pauline McSherry unknown–1978, Annie McSherry 1845–1933, Cecelia E McSherry 1848–1930, M Virginia McSherry 1850–1933, James R McSherry 1853–1873, Richard McSherry 1855–1920, William McSherry 1855–1930, Margaret S McSherry 1856–1933, Mary Catherine McSherry 1860–1909, S Lilly McSherry 1863–1866, Cyprian W. McSherry 1889–1919, Thomas C. McSherry 1893–1975, Norbert C. McSherry 1896–1926.

William McSherry, born April 14, 1821, Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania; son of James and Ann Ridgely Sappington McSherry; Mount Saint Mary’s College, 1840; studied law under James M. Cole; attorney, 1842-1873; farmer; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1847; reelected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, March 16, 1849, sworn-in, served the remaining term; reelected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1850; president, Littlestown Railroad Company; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-1865, elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1872-1874; president appointee, assessor, Internal Revenue, 16th Pennsylvania District; director, Gettysburg National Bank; director, Littlestown Savings Institution; director, Gettysburg and Petersburg Turnpike Company; married, Eliza Thompson McSherry (d.1866) remarried, Sarah A Buddy McSherry, thirteen children; died, January 10, 1899, Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania; interment, Saint Aloysius Cemetery, Germany Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Admitted, Adams County bar, 1842, opening a practice with future United States Senator James Cooper, Gettysburg, 1842-1846; attorney, 1842-1873; president, Littlestown Railroad Company, appointed, assessor, Internal Revenue for the 16th Pennsylvania District; director, Gettysburg National Bank; director, Littlestown Savings Institution; director, Gettysburg and Petersburg Turnpike Company. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1847; not a candidate for reelection, 1848

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, March 16, 1849; Sworn-In, serve the remaining term; not a candidate for reelection, 1849, vacancy, election of law partner James Cooper, United States Senate.

Elected, Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1850; not a candidate for reelection, 1851

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1863-1865, not a candidate for reelection, 1865.

Appointed, President Andrew Johnson, assessor, Internal Revenue, 16th Pennsylvania District.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, Adams and Franklin Counties, 1872-1874; not a candidate for reelection 1874; committee assignments, Accounts, Agriculture, Finance and Pension and Gratuities.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=8348&body=H

Legacy:

Children, Pauline McSherry unknown–1978, Annie McSherry 1845–1933, Cecelia E McSherry 1848–1930, M Virginia McSherry 1850–1933, James R McSherry 1853–1873, Richard McSherry 1855–1920, William McSherry 1855–1930, Margaret S McSherry 1856–1933, Mary Catherine McSherry 1860–1909, S Lilly McSherry 1863–1866, Cyprian W. McSherry 1889–1919, Thomas C. McSherry 1893–1975, Norbert C. McSherry 1896–1926.

Cited:

Smull’s Legislative Hand Book, (1874) Smull, J.A., Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 519, 521, 525-527.

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