CLEMENS, Sherrard

1820–1881

Biography

CLEMENS, Sherrard, a Representative from Virginia; born in Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia), on April 28, 1820; appointed a cadet to the United States Military Academy at West Point, but resigned after six months; was graduated in law from Washington (now Washington and Jefferson) College, Washington, Pa.; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Wheeling; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George W. Thompson and served from December 6, 1852, to March 3, 1853; elected to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for renomination in 1860; member, State convention, 1861; resumed the practice of law in Wheeling, W.Va.; moved to St. Louis, Mo., and continued the practice of law; died in St. Louis, Mo., June 30, 1881; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: April 1, 1858. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Clemens, Sherrard. Speech of the Hon. Sherrard Clemens, of Virginia, on the President's Kansas message. Washington: Printed at theCongressional Globe Office, 1858.

------. State of the Union. Speech of Hon. Sherrard Clemens, of Virginia, in the House of Representatives, January 22, 1861. [Washington]: Printed at the office of the Congressional Globe, [1861].

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