Biography of J. M. Sherwin
Erie County, PA Biographies

J. M. Sherwin, attorney, was born in and is still a resident of Erie, and is the son of G. W. F. and Jennie (Moorhead) Sherwin.

G. W. F. Sherwin, deceased, was among Erie County's representative citizens, and was closely identified with many of its important interests. He was born in this county, July 12, 1831, his parents being Dr. Ira and Sarah (Wilson) Sherwin. He took up the profession of civil engineering and in 1850 went to St. Louis, Mo., where he engaged in surveying for the North Missouri Railroad and later for the Belleville & Alton Railroad. He made the first soundings for a bridge over the Mississippi River for that line and was engineer in charge of the erection of the bridge. Mr. Sherwin laid out Sioux City, Iowa, and Niobrara, Nebr. In the latter town there were 2,000 Indians living at the time. After his return to Erie he served as city engineer from 1866 until 1870 and as water commissioner from 1879 until 1884. He was one of the first five trustees of Iowa State Agricultural College at Ames, Iowa, and also served as superintendent of the Chicago & Alton Railroad. Mr. Sherwin died Sept. 24, 1887, and his wife died in March, 1892. They had three children: Josephine M., deceased; Anna F., who resides with her brother, J. M., at 245 West 10th Sreet, Erie; and J. M., the subject of this sketch.

J. M. Sherwin was educated in the public schools of Erie and in 1886 graduated from Erie High School. He then entered Adelbert College, of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He studied law with Hon. S. A. Davenport of Erie and was admitted to the Erie County bar, Nov. 18, 1890. Subsequently he was admitted to and has practiced in the Supreme and Superior Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States Courts, as well as in the courts of Erie County, and is now engaged in the practice of law in Erie.

Mr. Sherwin is a Republican, and he and his sister hold membership in the Central Presbyterian Church. He was elected first president of the Erie Chamber of Commerce and held that office in 1902 and 1903. He is now vice president of the Y. M. C. A., and is affiliated with the following clubs and lodges: Erie Club, University Club, the Erie Motor Club, Erie Real Estate Board, Engineers Society of Erie, Kahkwa Club, is president of the Lawrence Park Realty Company and attorney and director of the Peoples Bank of Erie.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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