William Graves Sharp

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

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 byJ. Ford Laning
Succeeded bySeward Henry Williams
43 United States Ambassador to France
In office
PresidentWoodrow Wilson
Preceded byMyron T. Herrick
Succeeded byHugh Campbell Wallace
Personal details
Born(1859-03-14)March 14, 1859
Mount Gilead, Ohio
DiedNovember 17, 1922(1922-11-17) (aged 63)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Hallie M. Clough
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School


Sharp was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio on March 14, 1859.

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 on November 17, 1922 in Elyria, Ohio. Interment in Ridgelawn Cemetery.


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1916). "SHARP, William Graves (1859- )". New International Encyclopedia. XX (2d ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. p. 793.

"SHARP, William Graves". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8 June 2013.

U.S. 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
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Myron T. Herrick
United States Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Hugh Campbell Wallace