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James S. Sherman

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James Schoolcraft Sherman (October 24, 1855October 30, 1912) was a Representative from New York and the 27th Vice President of the United States. He was one of few vice presidents wearing eyeglasses, the others being Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Nelson Rockefeller, George H. W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Nonetheless his vice-presidential bust in the Senate is so far the only bust wearing eyeglasses.

Sherman was born in Utica, New York and graduated from Hamilton College in 1878. He was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Utica. He was president of the Utica Trust & Deposit Co. and of the New Hartford Canning Co., then mayor of Utica in 1884. He was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890, but was elected to the Fifty-third and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1909) He was not a candidate for reelection, having been nominated as the Republican candidate for Vice President on the ticket with William Howard Taft. He was elected Vice President in 1908 and served from March 4, 1909, until his death. He had been renominated for Vice President in June 1912, becoming the first incumbent Vice President to be renominated for the office in many years. Vice President Sherman died in Utica, Oneida County, New York a few days prior to the election and was replaced on the ballot by Nicholas M. Butler. However, Democrats Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall won in a landslide. He was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery.

This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Preceded by:
Charles W. Fairbanks
Republican Party Vice Presidential candidate
1908 (won), 1912 (died)
Succeeded by:
Nicholas M. Butler
Preceded by:
Charles W. Fairbanks
Vice President of the United States
March 4, 1909October 30, 1912
Succeeded by:
Thomas R. Marshall

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