William Graves Sharp

William Graves Sharp ( born March 14, 1859 in Mount Gilead, Ohio; † November 17, 1922 in Elyria, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1909 and 1914 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth was William Sharp with his parents to Elyria, where he attended the public schools. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his 1881 was admitted to the bar he began in Elyria to work in this profession. Between 1885 and 1888 he was a prosecutor in the local Lorain County. He was also involved in the production of charcoal, pig iron and chemicals. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1900 he ran unsuccessfully for even the U.S. House of Representatives; In 1904 he participated as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis.

In the congressional elections of 1908, Sharp was in the 14th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican J. Ford Laning on March 4, 1909. After two re- elections he could remain until his resignation on July 23, 1914 in Congress. In 1913 were the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. It was about the nationwide introduction of the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators.

Sharp's resignation took place after his appointment as U.S. ambassador to France. This office he held as a successor of Myron T. Herrick to 14 April 1919. During this time the First World War fell. After his return to Elyria, William Sharp dealt with literary matters. There he died on 17 November 1922.