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John Sharpless is a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a former political candidate.

John Sharpless
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Alma materUndergrad: University of Minnesota, Graduate: University of Michigan
ChildrenBurk Sharpless



Sharpless was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1945.[1] He went on to live in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wayzata, Minnesota. Sharpless is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan.[2]

Academic careerEdit

Sharpless began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. His specialties include social and economic history. From 1985 to 1986, Sharpless taught at the University of Papua New Guinea as part of the Fulbright Program.

Political careerEdit

Sharpless was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district in 2000.[3] He lost to incumbent Tammy Baldwin. Previously, he had been a candidate for the Republican nomination for the seat in 1998, losing to Josephine Musser.


  1. ^ "Sharpless, John". Our Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  2. ^ "John Sharpless". University of Wisconsin-Madison. Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  3. ^ "Sharpless, John". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013-10-01.