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Joseph Swagar SHERLEY

(1871-1941)

SHERLEY, Joseph Swagar, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., November 28, 1871; attended the public schools; was graduated from the Louisville High School in 1889 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1891; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Louisville, Ky.; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; director of the division of finance of the United States Railroad Administration from April 1919 to September 1920, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; died while on a visit in Louisville, Ky., February 13, 1941; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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