John M. Sheets

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John M. Sheets
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22nd Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 8, 1900 – January 11, 1904
Preceded by Frank S. Monnette
Succeeded by Wade H. Ellis
Personal details
Born (1854-05-26)May 26, 1854
Columbus Grove, Ohio
Died December 29, 1940(1940-12-29) (aged 86)
Palo Alto, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary E. Scott
Children five
Alma mater

John Marion Sheets was a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. He was Ohio Attorney General from 1900-1904.


Sheets was born May 26, 1854 at Columbus Grove, Putnam County, Ohio, was educated at public schools, and at age twenty began teaching. He entered Baldwin College in Berea in fall of 1876, and graduated in three years.[1]

Sheets entered the University of Michigan Law School in 1879, and graduated in 1881. April 5, 1881 he was admitted to the bar, and opened an office in Ottawa. In 1893, he was elected as a Republican to judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the district composing Fulton, Henry, and Putnam counties. He was re-nominated in 1898, but fell 30 votes short of election.[1]

The Republicans nominated Sheets for Attorney General in the summer of 1899, and he won election that autumn. He served four years.[1]

Sheets married Mary E. Scott March 22, 1882. They were both students at the University of Michigan. They had a family of five daughters.[1]

He died at Palo Alto Hospital in Palo Alto, California in 1940. He was survived by his wife and five daughters.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gilkey 1901 : 342-343
  2. "Former Ottawa Lawyer Expires", Findlay Republican Courier, Tuesday, December 31, 1940, Findlay, Ohio, United States Of America


Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank S. Monnette
Attorney General of Ohio
Succeeded by
Wade H. Ellis