William Graves Sharp

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William Graves Sharp
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1909 – July 23, 1914
Preceded by J. Ford Laning
Succeeded by Seward H. Williams
43 United States Ambassador to France
In office
President Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by Myron T. Herrick
Succeeded by Hugh Campbell Wallace
Personal details
Born (1859-03-14)March 14, 1859
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Died November 17, 1922(1922-11-17) (aged 63)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Hallie M. Clough
Alma mater University of Michigan Law School

William Graves Sharp (March 14, 1859 – November 17, 1922) was an American lawyer, manufacturer, three-term congressman, and diplomat.


Sharp was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio. He graduated LL.B. from the Law Department of the University of Michigan in 1881 and then practiced law in Elyria, Ohio. He also engaged in the manufacture of charcoal, pig iron, and chemicals. From 1885–88 he was prosecuting attorney of Lorain County, Ohio.

He was a Democratic presidential elector in 1892, a Democratic candidate for Congress in 1900, and a member of the Sixty-first to the Sixty-third Congresses (1909–15), but resigned in 1914 to become Ambassador to France by appointment of President Wilson. He served until April 14, 1919, then returned to Elyria, Ohio, and engaged in literary pursuits. He died there November 17, 1922; interment in Ridgelawn Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Ford Laning
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Seward H. Williams