Sherman Hoar

Sherman Hoar

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Sherman Hoar

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Sherman Hoar (July 30, 1860 – October 7, 1898), was an American lawyer, member of Congress representing Massachusetts, and U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts.

Life, political and legal career

Hoar graduated from Harvard University in 1882 and Harvard Law School in 1884. He was admitted to the bar of Middlesex County in 1885 and commenced practice law in Concord, Massachusetts.

He was a member of the Fifty-second U.S. Congress, serving in the House of Representatives from March 4, 1891 through March 3, 1893). He was a Democrat from a prominent family of Republican politicians; he became a Massachusetts Mugwump leader as president of the Young Men’s Democratic Club of Massachusetts, 1884, during the presidential campaign for Democrat Grover Cleveland in 1884. Hoar was U.S. district attorney for Massachusetts, 1893-1897.

He was director of the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association, during the Spanish-American war and served in several US Army hospitals in the South.

Hoar was 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.”Beato, Greg (2010-12-16) , Reason


Sherman Hoar came from a line of distinguished Massachusetts and New England politicians, lawyers and esteemed public servants.
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