The Sherman Family: Charles Taylor Sherman


Charles Robert Sherman

John Sherman wasn’t the only Sherman to make an impact on Mansfield, Ohio.  His brother, Charles Taylor Sherman, was already an established attorney in the city when John arrived in Mansfield in 1840.  Charles was the oldest child born to Judge Charles Robert Sherman and Mary Hoyt Sherman.  According to multiple biographies, Charles was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on February 3, 1811 and brought to Lancaster, Ohio about a year later.  Charles began attending Ohio University in Athens around 1829, and graduated in 1833 according to the Annual Catalog of Students from 1861-62.  He studied law in Dayton, Ohio under his cousin Henry Stoddard before moving to Mansfield around 1835.


Charles Taylor Sherman

Charles was a well-respected citizen of Mansfield and in his obituary it says “few men had a wider knowledge of the prominent lawyers of the State, or knew so well thoroughly the history of Ohio.  A gentleman who had resided on Ohio for nearly fifty years, and whose scholarship and intelligence were of high order, said that Mr. Sherman had a more extensive and precise knowledge of the early families and history of the State than any man of his acquaintance not even excepting the great Thomas Ewing himself.”  Ewing was a family friend, attorney and Senator from Ohio and William T. Sherman lived with Ewing after his father’s death.  Not only was he well-respected publicly, but his family also though fondly of him.  His brothers, General W. T. Sherman and Hon. John Sherman, spoke “in the warmest and highest terms of the sound sense, unwearied kindness, good temper and noble exertions shown by their elder brother“ in the days after their father’s death.

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Though outshined by his famous brothers, Charles did much to improve Mansfield; the biggest contribution was his involvement in bringing the railroad through Mansfield.  Charles 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, later becoming director of both organizations.  When the Civil War broke out, Charles T. Sherman organized and was chairman of the military committee in Richland County.  He would later be appointed military commandant of a camp in Mansfield and, after the war, he was appointed by President Lincoln to settle war claims in St.  Louis.

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His final public service appointment was of U.S. District Judge of Northern Ohio.  He was appointed by President Johnson to succeed Judge Hiram V. Wilson.  Charles held this position from March of 1867 to November of 1872 when he resigned.  During Judge Sherman’s time in Mansfield, he was also involved in the organization of the agricultural society and for the introduction of better modes of farming, which created larger production and a better quality of fruits.

On January 1, 1879, Charles Taylor Sherman died in his home on Prospect St.  According to his obituary, he retired normally the night before and awoke around 1 o’clock on the morning complaining of a cough and chest pains.  He got no relief from medicine and passed away without a struggle after a few moments difficulty in breathing.


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