SHERLEY, Joseph Swagar

SHERLEY, Joseph Swagar
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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SHERLEY, Joseph Swagar, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., November 28, 1871; attended the public schools; was graduated from the Louisville High School in 1889 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1891; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Louisville, Ky.; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; director of the division of finance of the United States Railroad Administration from April 1919 to September 1920, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; died while on a visit in Louisville, Ky., February 13, 1941; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Henry Watterson papers, ca. 1863-1920, 8.4 linear feet. Correspondents include Swager Sherley.

University of Louisville
University Archives and Records Center

Louisville, KY
Papers: 1880-1969, 66.75 linear feet. The Swagar Sherley papers consist of forty-eight boxes of material dating from 1880 to 1969, documenting Sherley’s career as a lawyer in Louisville (1880-1903) and in Washington, DC as part of the firm Sherley, Faust, and Wilson (1920-1941) as well as his service in the House of Representatives (1902-1918) and his family life. Materials relating to his legal career include briefs filed in Louisville, as well as correspondence and subject files. His Congressional career is documented through records relating to elections, constituent correspondence, subject and research files, as well as speeches and published materials. Materials including correspondence, financial records, photographs, and memorabilia document his personal, political, and legal life.
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