About Sherlock J. Andrews
Sherlock James Andrews (November 17, 1801 – February 11, 1880) lawyer and congressman born in Wallingford, Connecticut to Dr. John Andrews and Abigail Atwater.
He graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1821 and studied law at Yale. He married Ursula McCurdy Allen on December 1, 1828 and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an intricate part of the early development of Cleveland as the first president of the city council and the public library board. He advocated for and promoted the building of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railway. In 1840 he was elected to the Twenty-seventh Congress on the Whig platform. In 1842 health issues compelled him not to seek nomination for a second term. He was appointed Judge of the superior court of Cleveland which he served from 1848 to 1850. Lost election in 1851 to the Ohio Supreme Court. He was a delegate in the Ohio constitutional convention from 1850-1851. In 1859 at Wellington, Ohio he was one of the attorneys defending the men who rescued John Price from “slave catchers”. His political career ended serving as a delegate on the constitutional convention of 1873.