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Sherman, Elijah Bernis


Age: 30, credited to Brandon, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. C, 9th VT INF, 6/24/62 (6/24/61), resgd 1/7/63 [College: MC 60]

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Birth: 06/18/1832, Fairfield, VT
Death: 05/01/1910

Burial: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 13741647


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: VHS Collections, MOLLUS, Legros Collection
College?: MC 60
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the blue section of the unit's Organization and Service for details.


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Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society


Ninth Vermont Infantry Album
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(John Legros Collection)


Sherman, Elijah B., of Chicago, was born in Fairfield, June 18, 1832. His father, Elias H. Sherman, was of English descent and his mother, Clarissa (Wilmarth) Sherman, of Anglo-Welsh ancestry.

Until twenty-one years of age he had the usual experience of a farmer's boy in Vermont, hard work and plenty of it, tempered by the luxury of attending the district schools in the winter. In 1854 Mr. Sherman became a clerk in a drug store in Brandon, and in 1855 began fitting for college in Brandon Seminary, afterwards continued his studies at Burr Seminary, Manchester. He entered Middlebury College in 1856, and was graduated with honors in 1860.

After teaching in South Woodstock and Brandon Seminary, he enlisted, in May, 1862, a private in Co. C, 9th Vt. Infantry, was soon after elected lieutenant, and served with his regiment until January, 1863, when he resigned, the regiment having been captured at Harper's Ferry, being then in enforced idleness at Camp Douglass, Chicago.Entering immediately upon the study of law, he graduated from the law department of the University of Chicago in 1864 and entered upon the successful practice of his profession. In 1876 he was elected representa

tive to the Illinois Legislature and re-elected in 1878. His thorough training and ripe scholarship, coupled with his experience at the bar and profound knowledge of the law, gave him a high rank as a legislator. In 1877 he was commissioned by Governor Cullom as judge advocate of the first brigade of the Illinois National Guards, with rank of lieutenant-colonel and performed the duties of that office for several years. In 1879 Mr. Sherman was appointed one of the masters in chancery of the circuit court of the United States for the northern district of Illinois, a position he still holds. His thorough familiarity with the principles and procedure of chancery courts, coupled with unusual habits of industry, application and accuracy, enabled him to achieve eminence in this important branch of judicial labor. In 1882 he became president of the Illinois State Bar Association, and delivered the annual addresses before that body. For several years Mr. Sherman has been a member and an officer of the American Bar Association, and has taken an active part in the deliberations of that national body.

In 1885 he received from Middlebury College the honorary degree of LL. D., a recognition prized the more highly because that conservative institution confers the degree upon very few of its many distinguished sons. Mr. Sherman, not content with being a lawyer and jurist, has taken delight in scientific research and Belles Lettres. Possessed of a fine literary taste and being master of a style at once incisive, perspicuous and pleasing, his literary productions and public addresses have given him high rank as a literateur, orator and critic.

In 1874 Mr. Sherman was elected grand master of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows of Illinois, and in 1875 a representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. He is a member of the Union League Club, a 32d degree Mason, a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and of the Grand Army . He has been president of the Illinois Association of the Sons of Vermont, and has delivered several addresses at their banquets, full of tender pathos and genial humor.

In 1866 he married Miss Hattie G. Lovering of Iowa Falls, Iowa. His only son, Bernis W. Sherman, following his father's example, graduated at Middlebury College in 1890, from the Union College of Law, Chicago, in 1892, was immediately admitted to the bar, and entered upon the practice of the law.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 140.



Judge Sherman of Chicago, Master of Chancery of the United States Court, and member of the corporation of Middlebury College passed away on Sunday last.

Elijah B. Sherman, for 28 years Master of Chancery in the United States court, died Sunday afternoon, May 1 at his home 3985 Drexel Boulevard, Chicago at the age of 77. He had been ill a week with pneumonia.

Mr. Sherman was a trustee of Middlebury College, having served continuously since 1894. He was president of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity for many years. He was also a thirty-second-degree mason, a member of the Loyal Legion, and of the Odd Fellows. He is survived by his widow, and one son, B.W. Sherman, class of 1890, assistant city attorney, Chicago.

Mr. Sherman was born in Fairfield, Vermont June 18, 1832, and was graduated from Middlebury College 1760 ( sic) He attended Union College of Law in Chicago, graduating in 1864. Soon after he married Hattie G. Lovering of Iowa Falls, Iowa. He was principal of Brandon Seminary in Vermont, but gave up teaching to enlist in the Union Army, entering as Lieutenant of the Ninth Vermont Infantry.

In 1864 he was admitted to the Bar in Chicago, and from 1877-1881 was a member of the Illinois Legislature, subsequently Lieutenant Colonel and Judge Advocate of the First Brigade I.N.G., and attorney of the Auditor of Public Accounts of Illinois. He was also chief Supervisor of elections in the northern district of Illinois, and master of chancery.

In 1881-82 he was president of the State Bar Association. Judge Sherman received the honoray degree of Doctor of Laws at Middlebury in 1884, and was one of the most enthusiastic friends of his alma mater. He was well known as an orator and essayist, and was a member of the Union League and other clubs.

The flag at the college was displayed at half mast for three days following the announcement of Judge Sherman's death.

Contributed by Deanna French

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