J. Swagar Sherley

Joseph Swagar Sherley ( born November 28, 1871 in Louisville, Kentucky, † February 13, 1941 ) was an American politician. Between 1903 and 1919 he represented the state of Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Swagar Sherley attended the public schools of his home, including the Louisville High School, which he finished in 1889. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia and his 1891 was admitted to the bar he began in Louisville to work in this profession. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1902 he was in the fifth electoral district of Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Harvey Samuel Irwin on March 4, 1903. After seven elections he was able to complete in 1919 eight contiguous legislatures in Congress until March 3. From 1917 to 1919 he was chairman of the Budget Committee. During his time in the House of Representatives ratified in 1913, the 16th and the 17th Amendment. Since 1917, the year of American entry into the war, the events of the First World War also influenced the work of the Congress.

In the 1918 elections Sherley was defeated by Republican Charles F. Ogden. From 1919 to 1920 he was head of the Federal Railroad Administration. There he was responsible for the finances. He then practiced law in the federal capital Washington. He died on February 13, 1941 during a visit to his native Louisville; where he was also buried.