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Vice President Sherman Accepts Nomination

The vice president of the US was born James Schoolcraft Sherman in Utica, New York in October 1855. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1878 and studyied law in the offices of Beardsley, Cookinham and Burdick He was admitted to the bar in 1880 and became active in Republican politics as a delegate to state and national conventions, campaign speaker, and chairman of committees. He was mayor of Utica in 1884 and a member of Congress from 1886 until 1908. He was known as “Sunny Jim” because of his charming disposition and was also fondly called “Four Eyes” by Native Americans because he wore spectacles and was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs for 14 years. The Republican National Convention of 1908 nominated Mr. Taft for president and Sherman for vice-president. During his term his name was given to the legislation that fought corporate monoplies – the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

Taft-Sherman campaign of 1908

On August 21, 1912 James Sherman was given the official nomination as vice-presidential candidate for the Republican party at his home in Oneida, New York.

Vice-president Sherman speaking at his home on accepting the Republican party nomination for the 1912 vice-presidential election.
Oneida, New York
August 21, 1912

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