William Watts Sherman

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William Watts Sherman
Born 1842
Albany, New York
Died January 22, 1912(1912-01-22) (aged 70)
New York, New York
Residence 838 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Nationality United States
Occupation businessman
Known for Newport Casino treasurer
Spouse(s) Annie Derby Rogers Wetmore (m. 1871; d. 1884)
Sophia Augusta Brown (m. 1885)
Children (with Annie) Georgette Sherman
Sybil Sherman
(with Sophia) Irene Muriel Augusta Sherman
Mildred Constance Sherman
Parents Watts Sherman (c. 1820-1865)
Sarah Maria Gibson
Sophia Augusta Brown, Sherman's second wife and widow, circa 1914

William Watts Sherman (1842 - January 22, 1912) was a New York City businessman and the treasurer of the Newport Casino. In 1875-1876 he had the William Watts Sherman House constructed in Newport, Rhode Island.[1]


He was born in 1842 in Albany, New York to Watts Sherman (c. 1820-1865) and Sarah Maria Gibson.

In 1875 to 1876 he built the William Watts Sherman House in Newport, RI, which is a National Historic Landmark due to its architectural significance.

Sherman belonged to several patriotic and hereditary societies. In 1905 he was admitted as an honorary member of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati. He was also a charter member of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the Revolution in 1896 (membership number 1) as well as a charter member of the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars in 1897. He was also a member of the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York.

Sherman was a member of several social clubs including the Metropolitan Club, Knickerbocker Club, Century Club, City Club, and the National Arts Club.[2]

He died on January 22, 1912, at his home at 838 Fifth Avenue.[1] He was buried in the Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1871 he married Annie Derby Rogers Wetmore. They had two daughters, Georgette and Sybil. Annie died of pneumonia in 1884.

In 1885 he married Sophia Augusta Brown, daughter of John Carter Brown II and granddaughter of Nicholas Brown, Jr. - the namesake of Brown University. They had two daughters:


  1. ^ a b c "Wm. Watts Sherman Dead. Prominent in New York Society and Father of Lady Camoys". New York Times. January 23, 1912. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  2. ^ Obituary in New York Times, January 23, 1912.
  3. ^ "William Watts Sherman Buried". New York Times. January 27, 1912. Retrieved 2011-03-14.