The New York Times/Gen. Richard Updyke Sherman
Gen. Richard Updyke Sherman
Gen. Richard Updyke Sherman died of Bright's disease, at his home, in New-Hartford, N. Y., yesterday. He was a native of Oneida County, and was born in 1819. He established The Rochester Evening Gazette in 1846, and helped establish The Utica Morning Herald in 1847. He was elected Clerk of the Assembly in 1851, and held the office continuously, with the exception of one year, until 1857, when he took his seat as Member of the Assembly.
He was the author of the Clerks' Manual, which has been regarded as an authority on legislative usage. He was appointed Assistant Clerk of the House of Representatives in 1860, holding the position for ten years. He served in the Constitutional Convention in 1867. He was returned to the Assembly in 1874 as a Democrat. He was the unanimous choice of the minority for the Speakership. He was the father of Congressman James S. Sherman of Utica.