Richard Updike Sherman

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For the songwriter (born 1928), see Richard M. Sherman.

Richard Updike Sherman (1819–1895) was a New York State politician and newspaper publisher/editor. He was also the father of U.S. Vice President James Schoolcraft Sherman.

Richard Sherman was:

Trustee, New Hartford[disambiguation needed] Cotten Company - he restocked the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains area with fish; also protected the forests from unscrupulous lumber dealers


He married his distant cousin Mary Frances Sherman. They had six children:

  • Richard W., a civil engineer and two-term Mayor of the City of Utica, New York
  • Stalham W., who died in 1894
  • Mary Louise, wife of Henry J. Cookinham (a law partner of James Schoolcraft Sherman)
  • James Schoolcraft Sherman, US Vice President
  • Sanford F., President, New Hartford Canning Company
  • Willet H., who died in New Hartford in 1868, aged six.


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  • History of Oneida County New York, from 1700 to the Present Time, Vol.I, by Henry J. Cookinham, Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912.
  • Robert W. Cherny, "Sherman, James Schoolcraft." Discovery Channel School, original content provided by World Book Online, [3], 31 July 2000.