Lawrence Y. Sherman as a United States Senator from the State of Illinois; He was born near Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, November 8, 1858; moved with his parents to Illinois in 1859; attended the common schools, Leeâ€™s Academy in Coles County, and McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill.; and later studied law; was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Macomb, Ill. He became a city attorney, 1885-1887; judge, McDonough County, 1886-1890; member, Illinois State house of representatives 1897-1905, and later served as speaker of the house, 1899-1903;
He was elected lieutenant governor and ex officio president of the Illinois State senate 1905-1909; president, Illinois State board of administration, public charities, 1909-1913; then returned to the practice of law in Springfield, Ill.; elected on March 26, 1913, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the unseating of William Lorimer; reelected, 1914-1921; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Sixty-sixth Congress); resumed the practice of law again in Springfield, Illinois. He moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1924; and continued the practice of law; also engaged in the investment business; retired from all active business pursuits, 1933; died in Daytona Beach, Florida on September 15, 1939.
Stone, Ralph A. "Two Illinois Senators Among the Irreconcilables." Mississippi Valley Historical, Review 50 (December 1963): 443-65.
Preceded by: William Lorimer Class 3 U.S. Senator from Illinois 1913-1921 Succeeded by: William B. McKinley