Charles Taylor Sherman

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Charles Taylor Sherman
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
In office
March 2, 1867 – November 25, 1872
Appointed byAndrew Johnson
Preceded byHiram V. Willson
Succeeded byMartin Welker
Personal details
Charles Taylor Sherman

(1811-02-03)February 3, 1811
Norwalk, Connecticut
DiedJanuary 1, 1879(1879-01-01) (aged 67)
Cleveland, Ohio
RelationsNelson A. Miles
Colgate Hoyt
James D. Cameron
FatherCharles Robert Sherman
RelativesJohn Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman
EducationOhio University
read law

Charles Taylor Sherman (February 3, 1811 - January 1, 1879) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Education and career[edit]

Born on February 3, 1811, in Norwalk, Connecticut,[1] Sherman graduated from Ohio University in 1830,[1] with financial aid from one of his father's friends, after his father died in 1829.[citation needed] He read law in 1833,[1] in the office of Henry Stoddard and under Judge Jacob Parker.[citation needed] He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1833, and entered private practice in Mansfield, Ohio from 1835 to 1867,[1] later joined by his brother John.[2]. He was a city councilman for Mansfield in 1846.[1] Active in public and business affairs, Sherman contributed money, labor and personal influence to the location and building of the Sandusky, Mansfield and Newark Railroad and the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad becoming a director of both organizations. When the American Civil War broke out he organized and was chairman of the military committee of his county, and was appointed as commandant of the military camp in Mansfield. Later he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as one of the commissioners to settle war claims in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1866, he was selected as one of the first government directors of the Union Pacific Railroad.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Sherman was nominated by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Judge Hiram V. Willson.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 2, 1867, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on November 25, 1872, due to his resignation.[1][4]

Later activities[edit]

After Sherman retired from practicing law, he became interested in the organization of the agricultural society of Richland County, Ohio, and encouraged the "introduction of better modes for the larger production of better quality of fruits."[5]


Sherman died on January 1, 1879, in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]


Sherman was the eldest of thirteen children born to Charles Robert Sherman and his wife, Mary (Hoyt) Sherman.[citation needed] His family emigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1634.[citation needed] His great-grandfather and grandfather both served on the state courts of Connecticut.[citation needed] When Sherman was young, his family moved to Lancaster, Ohio, where his father established a prominent law practice and later became a member of the Ohio Supreme Court.[citation needed] His two younger brothers were John Sherman, United States Senator from Ohio, and William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General of the Union Army.[6] Sherman married Eliza Williams of Dayton, Ohio, on February 2, 1841 and they became the parents of seven children: Mary Hoyt, who became the wife of General Nelson A. Miles, United States Army; Henry Stoddard, who became a Cleveland attorney; John J., who became a United States Marshal in New Mexico; Charles F. Cook who died in infancy; Anna Wallace, who died at the age of 20 in 1870; Eliza A. Williams, who married Colgate Hoyt of Cleveland; and Elizabeth Bancroft, who married James D. Cameron, a United States Senator from Pennsylvania.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sherman, Charles Taylor - Federal Judicial Center".
  2. ^ 17 Ohio Arch. & Historical Society Pub. 312 (1908).
  3. ^ A. A. Graham, comp. History of Richland County, Ohio: Its Past and Present (Mansfield, Oh.: A. A. Graham & Co., 1807-1880), 733.
  4. ^ Bruce A. Ragsdale to Rita Wallace, July 14, 1998. See attached judicial database created by Federal Judicial History Office in 1998. [Located in the Sixth Circuit Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.]
  5. ^ Graham, History of Richland County, 733.
  6. ^ A general overview for this sketch can be found in Harry Phillips, ed. History of the Sixth Circuit (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1977), 189-190.
  7. ^ Judges of the United States. 2d ed. (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1983), 449.


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Preceded by
Hiram V. Willson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Succeeded by
Martin Welker