George H. Sharpe

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George H. Sharpe
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Member of the Board of General Appraisers
In office
November 16, 1890 March 1, 1899
Appointed by Benjamin Harrison
Preceded bySeat established by 26 Stat. 131
Succeeded by William Barberie Howell
Personal details
George Henry Sharpe

(1828-02-26)February 26, 1828
Kingston, New York
DiedJanuary 13, 1900(1900-01-13) (aged 71)
New York City, New York
Resting placeWiltwyck Cemetery
Kingston, New York
Relations Abraham Bruyn Hasbrouck
Ira Davenport
Education Rutgers University
Yale University

George Henry Sharpe (February 26, 1828 – January 13, 1900) was an American lawyer, politician and a Member of the Board of General Appraisers.


Education and career

Sharpe and John C. Babcock The photographic history of the Civil War - thousands of scenes photographed 1861-65, with text by many special authorities (1911) (14739895986).jpg
Sharpe and John C. Babcock

Born February 26, 1828, in Kingston, New York, [1] Sharpe attended Yale University and graduated from Rutgers University in 1847. [1] He entered private practice in New York City, New York from 1848 to 1851, [1] with the firm of Bidwell & Strong (now known as Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft). [2] He was Secretary of the United States Legation in Vienna, Austrian Empire for the United States Department of State from 1851 to 1852. [1] He resumed private practice in Kingston from 1854 to 1861. [1] He served in the United States Army during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865, attaining the rank of Major General. [1] He initially served as Captain of Company B of the 20th New York State Militia (known as the "Ulster Guard") for three-months service. [3] [4] He served as Chief of the Bureau of Military Information from 1863 to 1865. [1] He was a Special Agent in Europe for the United States Department of State in 1867. [1] He was the United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York from 1870 to 1873. [1] He was Surveyor of Customs in New York City from 1873 to 1878. [1] He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1879 to 1883, serving as Speaker from 1880 to 1881. [1] He served as trade commissioner to Central America and South America. [1]

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Federal judicial service

Sharpe was nominated by President Benjamin Harrison on July 2, 1890, to the Board of General Appraisers, to a new seat created by 26 Stat. 131. [1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 16, 1890, and received his commission on November 16, 1890. [1] His service terminated on March 1, 1899, due to his resignation. [1] He was succeeded by William Barberie Howell. [1]

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Sharpe died on January 13, 1900, in New York City. [1]


Sharpe's parents were Henry Sharpe (1782-1830) and Helen Hasbrouck Sharpe (1797-1886). His grandfather was Abraham J. Hasbrouck, and great-grandfather, Joseph Hasbrouck, was a lieutenant colonel in the Revolutionary War. He is also a descendant of Louis DuBois.

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Sharpe was married to Caroline Hone Hasbrouck, daughter of Abraham Bruyn Hasbrouck (and his second cousin once removed) and their children were Severyn Bruyn Sharpe, a county judge, Henry Granville Sharpe, a United States Army officer, and Katherine Lawrence Sharpe who married Ira Davenport. His granddaughter, Katharine Davenport Sharpe (Severyn's daughter) married Albro Newton Dana, a grandson of James Dwight Dana. He died while visiting the Davenport's residence at 31 East 39th Street in Manhattan. [5] He was buried at Wiltwyck Cemetery in Kingston.[ citation needed ]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 "Board of General Appraisers: Sharpe, George Henry - Federal Judicial Center".
  2. The Nominees for Surveyor of the Port and United States Marshal, The New York Times, March 15, 1873.
  3. "Col. George H. Sharpe appointed Army of the Potomac's intelligence chief, Feb. 11, 1863".
  4. "Rutgers in the Civil War," Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries Vol. 66 (2014), page 106
  5. "Gen. G. H. Sharpe Dead. Long Distinguished, Both In Military And Civil Life. A Favorite Of Gen. Grant. Perilous Work as a Federal Official When The Tweed Ring Flourished In New York". New York Times . January 15, 1900.
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas G. Alvord
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Charles E. Patterson
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 26 Stat. 131
Member of the Board of General Appraisers
Succeeded by
William Barberie Howell