J. Swagar Sherley

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J. Swagar Shirley
J. Swagar Sherley and family.jpg
Sherley with his wife and their firstborn, ca. 1908
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1903-March 3, 1919
Preceded by Harvey Samuel Irwin
Succeeded by Charles F. Ogden
Personal details
Born (1871-11-28)November 28, 1871
Louisville, Kentucky
Died February 13, 1941(1941-02-13) (aged 69)
Louisville, Kentucky
Political party Democratic

Joseph Swagar Sherley (November 28, 1871 - February 13, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Sherley attended public schools, graduating from the Louisville High School in 1889 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1891. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sherley was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1919). He served as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations during the Sixty-fifth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress. Following his defeat, he served as director of the division of finance of the United States Railroad Administration from April 1919 to September 1920, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.. In January 1933, he was offered the position of Director of the Bureau of the Budget by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but declined because of ill health.[1] He died while on a visit in Louisville, Kentucky, February 13, 1941 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Paul Browder and Thomas G. Smith, Independent: A Biography of Lewis W. Douglas (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986), p. 82.

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External links[edit]

J. Swagar Sherley Papers, 1880-1969 at the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center

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