Sherlock James Andrews

Sherlock James Andrews ( born November 17 1801 in Wallingford, Connecticut, † February 11, 1880 in Cleveland, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1843 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Sherlock Andrews visited the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and graduated in 1821 after the Union College in Schenectady (New York). After studying law at the New Haven Law School and his admission to the bar he began in 1825 to work in Cleveland in this profession. In 1830 he was prosecutor in the local Cuyahoga County. In the 1830s he became a member of the Whig Party, founded at that time.

In the congressional elections of 1840 Andrews was in the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John W. Allen on March 4, 1841. Since he resigned in 1842 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1843. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Andrews practiced again as a lawyer in Cleveland. In 1848 to 1850 he was a judge at the Superior Court of Cleveland. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he was a member of the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In 1849 and 1873 he took part in the constitution of his state conventions as a delegate. At times, he also sat on the city council of Cleveland. He died on February 11, 1880 in Cleveland, where he was also buried.