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The famed Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) was one of 11 children born to Charles Robert Sherman and his wife, Mary Hoyt Sherman. When Sherman's father died in 1829, Sherman was taken in by local attorney Thomas Ewing, who later became the Secretary of the Interior; he also had several foster-brothers who became Federal generals.
Charles Taylor Sherman (1811-1879) was "Cump" Sherman's older brother. He became a federal judge from Ohio under the Andrew Johnson administration. Younger brother Hoyt Sherman (1827-1904) was a successful banker in Des Moines, Iowa who served as a major and paymaster in the Union army. John Sherman (1823-1900) became a U. S. senator from Ohio and also served cabinet posts as Secretary of the Treasury (1877-1881) and Secretary of State (1897-1898). He ran for President in 1880 and is best known for having authored the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Other siblings included:
SISTERS--Mary Elizabeth Sherman Reece (1812-1870?); Amelia Sherman McComb (1816-1862); Julia Ann Sherman (1818-1842); Susan Denman Sherman Bartley (1825-1870?); and Frances Beecher "Fanny" Sherman Moulton (1829-1870?).
BROTHERS--James Sherman (1814-1864); and Lampson Parker Sherman (1821-1900), former mayor of Fort Des Moines, Iowa. (Sherman's sisters Mary, Susan and Fanny were all living in 1870, but I could find no record of their deaths.)
Foster brothers Thomas Ewing Jr. (1829-1896), Hugh Ewing (1826-1905) and Charles Ewing (1835-1893) all served as Union generals during the Civil War. Hugh distinguished himself at the Battles of Antietam and Vicksburg and later served as U. S. Ambassador to Holland. Thomas was a judge in Kansas before the war and later practiced law in Washington, D. C. and Ohio, where he was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1880. Charles was promoted for gallantry at the Battles of Vicksburg and Atlanta and later became Sherman's brother-in-law when his sister, Ellen, married "Cump."
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