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Sherlock James Andrews

November 17, 1801
February 11, 1880
Home Town:
Wallingford, CT
Later Residences:
Cleveland, OH
Ursula Allen Andrews (December 1, 1828)
Biographical Notes:
Sherlock James Andrews was born on November 17, 1801 in Wallingford, CT. He graduate from Union College, New York in 1821 and studied at Yale. Couple years later, he married Ursula McCurdy Allen on December 1m 1828.

He moved to Cleveland, Ohio to assist with the development of the state. He served as the first president for the city council and public library board. Andrews also promoted the building of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railway.

In 1840, Andrews was elected to the 27th Congress as a Whig. Due to health issues, he did not seek reelection in 1842. He served as Judge of the Cleveland Superior court from 1848 to 1850. He lost the following election. Instead, he joined the Ohio Constitutional convention as a delegate from 1850-51. In 1867 he served as the U.S. Attorney for Ohio. He stayed a member of the Cleveland City Council until his death in 1880.
Additional Notes:
He was involved with John Price, a runaway slave, court case. Andrews represented the slave rescuers in court.

Other Education:
Graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NY in 1821,
Harvard Law School in 1825

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
1825, Cleveland, Ohio
Political Party:
Whig; Republican
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative Ohio 1841-43
State Committees:
Cleveland City Council, Delegate for Ohio State Constitutional Convention (1849-50) President of Cleveland City Council 1836.
Local Posts:
Judge Supreme Court (Cleveland, OH) 1848-50
Prosecuting Attorney (Ohio) 1830

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