James McSherry (July 29, 1776 – February 3, 1849), was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Federalist member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district from 1821 to 1823.
Early life and education
He was a founder of the Littlestown Railroad and the Gettysburg National Bank.
He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1807–1812). He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 11th district from 1813 to 1817 and was the first Roman Catholic state senator in Pennsylvania. He was a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention in 1837 and 1838. In 1821, he was elected by the Federalist party to the Seventeenth United States Congress (1821–1823).
Defeated in his re-election bid, he returned to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (1824–1830; 1834 and 1835).
Death and legacy
He died on February 3, 1849 and is interred at the Saint Aloysius Cemetery in Littlestown, Pennsylvania.
His son, James McSherry Jr. was a lawyer and writer best known for his "History of Maryland". His grandson, James McSherry became chief judge of the supreme court U.S. State of Maryland Court of Appeals.
- "Pennsylvania State Senate - James McSherry Biography". www.legis.state.pa.ua. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
- "James McSherry". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
- United States Congress. "James McSherry (id: M000602)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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