SHARP, William Graves (1859-1922)

SHARP, WILLIAM GRAVES, a Representative from Ohio; born in Mount Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio, March 14, 1859; moved with his parents to Elyria, Ohio; was graduated from the public schools and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1881; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Elyria, Ohio; served as prosecuting attorney of Lorain County, Ohio, 1885-1888; also interested in the manufacture of charcoal, pig iron, and chemicals; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first, Sixty-second, and Sixty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, to July 23, 1914, when he resigned to become Ambassador to France, in which capacity he served until April 14, 1919; returned to Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, and engaged in literary pursuits; died in Elyria, Ohio, November 17, 1922; interment in Ridgelawn Cemetery.

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Papers: In the Anson Phelps Stokes Family Papers, ca. 1761-1960, 130.25 linear feet.
Subjects include William Graves Sharp.

Papers: In the Edward Mandell House Papers, ca. 1885-2007, 205.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include William Graves Sharp.

  • Sharp, William Graves. Le secours américain en France (American aid in France) . Paris: F. Alcan, 1915.
  • ------. The War Memoirs of William Graves Sharp, American Ambassador to France, 1914-1919. Edited with a biographical introduction and notes by Warrington Dawson, and with a preface by Marshal Joffre. London: Constable & Co., ltd., 1931.