Sherman Hoar (July 30, 1860 – October 7, 1898), was an American lawyer, member of Congress representing Massachusetts, and U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts. As a young man he acted as model for the head of the John Harvard statue now in the Harvard Yard.
Education and career
Hoar graduated from Harvard College in 1882 and Harvard Law School in 1884. While at Harvard he sat as the model for the head of the John Harvard statue which now sits in Harvard Yard. In 1885 he was admitted to the bar of Middlesex County and commenced practicing law in Concord, Massachusetts.
Though from a prominent Republican family Hoar was a Mugwump, leading the Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts during Grover Cleveland's 1884 campaign, and was a member of the House of Representatives in the Fifty-second U.S. Congress (1891–1893). He was U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, 1893-1897.
Hoar was director of the during the Spanish-American War, and served[clarification needed] in several US Army hospitals in the South. He was also a great believer in public education. He once said: "Our public school system is what makes this Nation superior to all other Nations—not the Army or the Navy system. Military display . . . does not belong here."[where?]
After an illness of three weeks, Sherman Hoar died at his home on Main street, Concord, of typhoid fever contracted while making a tour of the Southern camps as a General of the Massachusetts Volunteer Association.
Sherman Hoar came from a line of distinguished Massachusetts and New England politicians, lawyers and esteemed public servants. He was
- the great-grandson of Roger Sherman, a signer of both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence;
- the grandson of Congressman Samuel Hoar;
- the son of U.S. Attorney General, Congressman and Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar;
- the father of Massachusetts State Senator and Assistant Attorney General Roger Sherman Hoar;
- a nephew of U.S. Senator George Frisbie Hoar; and
- the cousin to Massachusetts Congressman Rockwood Hoar.
- Works by or about Sherman Hoar at Internet Archive
- Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England By Thomas Townsend Sherman
- Baldwin-Greene-Gager family of Connecticut at Political Graveyard
- Sherman-Hoar family at Political Graveyard
- United States Congress. "Sherman Hoar (id: H000657)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Nathaniel P. Banks
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Moses T. Stephens