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John Neagle (1796-1865), Portrait of George Sharswood (1810-1883).


Sessions Office Position District Party
1837-1838 Representative Whig
1842 Representative Whig
1843 Representative Whig
Counties Philadelphia City


07/07/1810 - 05/28/1883

SHARSWOOD, George, a Representative from Philadelphia City; born, July 7, 1810 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa.; graduated, valedictorian, University of Pennsylvania, 1828; honorary doctorate of laws, Columbia College (now Columbia University), 1856; honorary doctorate of laws, University of the City of New York (now New York University), 1856; lawyer (1831-1845); elected as a Whig to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1837-1838 term; reelected to the House for the 1842 and 1843 terms; elected, select council, Philadelphia (1839-1840); editor, American Law Magazine (1843); appointed, associate judge, Philadelphia District Court (1845-1848); presiding judge, Philadelphia District Court (appointed, 1848-1851; elected, 1851-1867); law professor, University of Pennsylvania (1850-1851); organizer and dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1852-1868); appointed, justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1868-1882; chief justice, 1879-1882); director, Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb; trustee, University of Pennsylvania (1872-1883); died, May 28, 1883 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interred, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.



Sharswood, George, ed.  The Public and General Statutes of the Laws Passed by the Congress of the United States: 1789-1836, 2nd ed.  n.s, 1837.

Leigh, P. Brady, Esq. with George Sharswood, ed.  An Abridgement of the Law of Nisi Prius.  2 Vol.  Philadelphia: P.H. Nicklin and T. Johnson, 1838.

Sharswood, George.  A Compend of Lectures on the Aims and Duties of the Profession of the Law.  Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson & Co., 1854.

Sharswood, George.  An Essay on Professional Ethics.  Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson & Co., 1854.

Sharswood, George.  The Common Law of Pennsylvania: A Lecture Read Before the Law Academy of Philadelphia, at the Opening of the Session of 1855-1856.  Philadelphia: L.R. Bailey, 1855.

Sharswood, George.  Popular Lectures on Commercial Law.  Philadelphia: Hayes and Zell, 1856.

Sharswood, George, LL.D.  Address Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania Before the Society of the Alumni on the Occasion of Their Annual Celebration, December 10, 1856.  Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1857.

Tudor, Owen Davies and George Sharswood, ed.  A Selection of Leading Cases on Mercantile and Maritime Law.  Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson & Co., 1873.

Sharswood, George, LL.D. and Henry Budd.  Leading Cases in the Law of Real Property Decided in the American Courts. Vol. I.  Philadelphia: M. Murphy, 1883.

Sharswood, George, LL.D. and Henry Budd.  Leading Cases in the Law of Real Property Decided in the American Courts. Vol. III.  Philadelphia: M. Murphy, 1887.

Dickson, Samuel.  “George Sharswood – Teacher and Friend.”  The American Law Register 55, No. 7 (1907)  401-429.

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