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Sherman Hoar (July 30, 1860 – October 7, 1898), was an American lawyer, member of Congress representing Massachusetts, and U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts. As a young man he acted as model for the head of the John Harvard statue now in the Harvard Yard.

Sherman Hoar
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byNathaniel P. Banks
Succeeded byMoses T. Stevens
United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
In office
Preceded byFrank D. Allen
Succeeded byBoyd B. Jones
Personal details
Born(1860-07-30)July 30, 1860
Concord, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 7, 1898(1898-10-07) (aged 38)
Concord, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHarvard College in 1882, and Harvard Law School in 1884.


Education and careerEdit

Hoar was the inspi­ra­tion for the face of the John Harvard statue.
Hoar in his student days

Hoar graduated from Harvard College in 1882 and Harvard Law School in 1884. While at Harvard he sat as the model for the head of the John Harvard statue which now sits in Harvard Yard. In 1885 he was admitted to the bar of Middlesex County and commenced practicing law in Concord, Massachusetts.

Though from a prominent Republican family Hoar was a Mugwump, leading the Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts during Grover Cleveland's 1884 campaign, and was a member of the House of Representatives in the Fifty-second U.S. Congress (1891–1893). He was U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, 1893-1897.

Hoar was director of the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association during the Spanish-American war, and served[clarification needed] in several US Army hospitals in the South. He was also a great believer in public education. He once said: "Our public school system is what makes this Nation superior to all other Nations—not the Army or the Navy system. Military display . . . does not belong here."[where?][1]


After an illness of three weeks, Sherman Hoar died at his home on Main street, Concord, of typhoid fever contracted while making a tour of the Southern camps as a General of the Massachusetts Volunteer Association.[2]


Sherman Hoar came from a line of distinguished Massachusetts and New England politicians, lawyers and esteemed public servants. He was


  1. ^ Beato, Greg (2010-12-16) Face the Flag, Reason
  2. ^ Los Angeles Herald (1898-10-09) [1], Los Angeles Herald

External linksEdit

  • Works by or about Sherman Hoar at Internet Archive
  • Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England By Thomas Townsend Sherman
  • Baldwin-Greene-Gager family of Connecticut at Political Graveyard
  • Sherman-Hoar family at Political Graveyard
  • United States Congress. "Sherman Hoar (id: H000657)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel P. Banks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Moses T. Stephens