1887-1909, U.S. House of Representatives – James Sherman


This U.S. House of Representative James Sherman history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of James Sherman and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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James Sherman descended from a line of Sherman’s who include Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and William Tecumseh Sherman, a Union general during the Civil War.  As a lawyer, Sherman was elected U.S. congressman from New York in 1893 and then as vice president in 1909.  His warm personality led to his nickname of “Sunny Jim.”  James Sherman was the first vice president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game and the first vice president to fly in a plane.  He died in office, just before the 1912 election.  The vice president᾽s office was left vacant until the inauguration of Thomas Marshall in 1913.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

James Sherman was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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