Buren R. Sherman

Buren R. Sherman, eleventh Governor of Iowa, was born in the town of Phelps, Ontario County, New York, on the 28th of May, 1836. He received his education at the public schools of Ontario and an academy of Elmira. When a youth he worked for a time with a watchmaker but in 1855 he came with his father's family to Iowa.

Assisting his father on the farm the son gave a portion of his time to the study of law. In 1859 be was admitted to the bar. At Vinton he secured a position as junior member of the law firm of Smyth, Traer A Sherman.

Soon after the beginning of the Civil War Mr. Sherman enlisted in Company G, Thirteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, was soon promoted to second lieutenant of Company E, and was severely wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. He was promoted to captain and served several months, when he resigned on account of disability occasioned by his wound.

After returning to Vinton he was elected county judge and in 1866 was elected clerk of the District Court, serving by reflections until 1874 when he was nominated by the Republican State Convention for Auditor of State and elected. He served in that position three terms with marked ability. In 1881 he was nominated by the Republican party for Governor and elected by a large majority. He was reflected in 1883. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity.

(History of Iowa from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, 1903)
Submitted By: Cathy Danielson

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