William Graves Sharp
|William Graves Sharp|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
March 4, 1909 – July 23, 1914
|Preceded by||J. Ford Laning|
|Succeeded by||Seward H. Williams|
|43 United States Ambassador to France|
|Preceded by||Myron T. Herrick|
|Succeeded by||Hugh Campbell Wallace|
March 14, 1859|
Mount Gilead, Ohio
|Died||November 17, 1922(aged 63)|
|Spouse(s)||Hallie M. Clough|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan Law School|
William Graves Sharp (March 14, 1859 – November 17, 1922) was an American lawyer, manufacturer, three-term congressman, and diplomat.
Sharp was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio. He graduated LL.B. from the Law Department of the University of Michigan in 1881 and then practiced law in Elyria, Ohio. He also engaged in the manufacture of charcoal, pig iron, and chemicals. From 1885–88 he was prosecuting attorney of Lorain County, Ohio.
He was a Democratic presidential elector in 1892, a Democratic candidate for Congress in 1900, and a member of the Sixty-first to the Sixty-third Congresses (1909–15), but resigned in 1914 to become Ambassador to France by appointment of President Wilson. He served until April 14, 1919, then returned to Elyria, Ohio, and engaged in literary pursuits. He died there November 17, 1922; interment in Ridgelawn Cemetery.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1916). "SHARP, William Graves (1859- )". New International Encyclopedia XX (2d ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. p. 793.
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