George A. Sheridan
George Augustus Sheridan
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's at-large district
March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
|Preceded by||District created|
|Succeeded by||District eliminated|
|Born||February 22, 1840|
Millbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||October 7, 1896 (aged 56)|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Political party||Liberal Republican|
|Children||Emma Viola Sheridan|
George Augustus Sheridan (February 22, 1840 – October 7, 1896) was an American politician, most notably serving in the House of Representatives from Louisiana for one term (the 43d Congress, 1873–1875)
After the war, Sheridan was one of a group of Northern officials who moved in to administer the defeated Southern states (often derisively referred to by Southerners as "carpetbaggers"). In 1866, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana; there he served as brigadier general of militia on the staff of the Republican Governor, Henry Clay Warmoth. In 1867, Sheridan was made sheriff of Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana, which was later divided into East Carroll and West Carroll parishes.
Sheridan was elected to the House in 1872 as a Liberal Republican, after running against P. B. S. Pinchback, who was to become noted as the first black governor of a U.S. state. Pinchback contested Sheridan's seat, and the matter wasn't fully settled until February 1875, when the House Committee on Elections decided that Sheridan had won.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's at-large congressional district