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Sherrard Clemens (April 28, 1820 – June 30, 1881) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Virginia and Missouri. He was a cousin to author Samuel L. Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain).[1]

Born in Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), Clemens was appointed a cadet to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, but resigned after six months. He graduated from Washington College in Washington, Pennsylvania and was admitted to the bar in 1843, commencing practice in Wheeling. He was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives to fill a vacancy in 1852, serving until 1853. Clemens was later elected back to the House in 1856, serving again from 1857 to 1861. During the Civil War, he opposed secession. He was a member of the in 1861 and afterwards resumed practicing law in Wheeling. Clemens later moved to St. Louis, Missouri and resumed practicing law until his death there on June 30, 1881. He was interred in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.

Clemens fought a duel with O. Jennings Wise, the son of Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise. Wise was uninjured in the duel, but Clemens received a severe injury to his right thigh.[2]

References[]

  1. Twain, Mark (2010). The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume One. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. pp. 205. ISBN 978-0-520-26719-0. 
  2. Twain, Mark (2010). The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume One. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. pp. 588. ISBN 978-0-520-26719-0. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Thompson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 15th congressional district

December 6, 1852 – March 4, 1853 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
(none)
Preceded by
Zedekiah Kidwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
Succeeded by
William G. Brown

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