William Anthony Sherman, M. D.

William Anthony Sherman's pictures in his 1899 yearbook and in the 1924 reunion publication.

Harvard Class of 1899 25th reunion publication: 1924, page 588.

William Anthony Sherman
Born Newport, R. I., May 12, 1877
Parents Albert Keene Sherman, Mary Eliza Barker
School Rogers High School, Newport, R. I.
In College 1895-98. A.B., 1899, M.D., 1902
Married Kathrine May Kennedy, Scranton, Pa., June 25, 1902. Children: William Albert, May 12, 1903; Charlotte Carter, June 20, 1911; Mary Elizabeth, Mar. 2, 1915; Lucius De Witt, Mar. 2, 1915 (died Mar. 4, 1915); Ruth Anthony, Mar. 18, 1916.
Occupation  Physician
Address 51 Touro St., Newport, R. I.

I entered Harvard Medical School in September, 1898, and was graduated June, 1902. I started the practice of medicine in Newport, R. I., August 4, 1902, and have since then been located there. I was bacteriologist and physician to the Newport Board of Health from 1903 to 1906 and again from 1908 to 1916.

I have been Medical Examiner, District A-4, Rhode Island, from 1912 to date; and a member of the staff of physicians and surgeons of Newport Hospital from 1902 to date. I am vice-president, Newport National bank and Savings Bank of Newport. I am also a director of the following: Newport Trust Co., Aquidneck Realty Co., Newport; J. P. Taylor Co., Newport; Hydro-Carbon Burner Manufacturing Co., Newport; Newport Electric Corporation, and commissioner Henderson Home for Aged Men.

My hobby is antiques.

I was a member of Representative Council of Newport, 1914-20, the School Committee of Newport, 1916-19, and the Board of Health of Newport, 1916 to date.

I am a member of Miantonomy Club, Newport, R.I., Wammetonomy Country Club, Newport, R. I., Newport Medical Society, Rhode Island Medical Society, American Medical Association, Harvard Club of Rhode Island, Masons (A. F. & A. M.), Odd Fellows (I. O. O. F.), Red Men, Elks (B. P. O. E.) and Modern Woodmen of America.

War Service. First Lieutenant and assistant surgeon Rhode Island State Guard, 1917-19; major and surgeon Newport Artillery Company, April 1914 to date.

History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical
NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920
p. 164 - 165 (Volume 6, Sprague to Arnold, 289 pages): Large Scans: Page 164; Page 165Combined pages 164-65 (1.2 MB)

William Anthony Sherman
Left: William Anthony Sherman - from book.
Above: Sherman family, 1921. Front: Charlotte, Mary, William Anthony, Ruth
Back: Kathrine, William Albert
From the History of Newport Hospital: Medical Staff about 1904, when William Sherman began working there. Christopher F. Barker is his mother's brother. Sherman, Sullivan and Stewart were known as the "Three S's". William Anthony Sherman "Return of a Death" certificate.

The beginning of the biographical sketch of William is basically a duplication of that in the sketch of his father, Albert Keene Sherman, and can be read from the scan. The following is from page 165:

"Dr. William Anthony Sherman, of the eighth American generation of his family, eldest son of Albert Keene and Mary Eliza (Barker) Sherman, was born in Newport, R. I., May 12, 1877. He prepared in the schools of Newport, R. I., then entered Harvard University, when he was graduated A. B., classs of 1899. Deciding upon a professional career, although heredity should have led him into the business world, he prepared in Harvard Medical School, receiving his degree M. D., with the graduating class of 1902. He at once opened an office in Newport, and for seventeen years has practiced his profession in the city of his birth. He has achieved professional success and won public confidence through a close attention to his professional duty and a sincere desire to bring relief and health to those he serves. He is a member of the surgical staff of Newport Hospital, member of the County and State Medical societies, and held in high esteem among his professional brethren. Dr. Sherman is a trustee of the Savings Bank of Newport, director of the Newport National bank, is a Republican in politics, and under the new charter is a member of the Newport Representative Council. He has also served his city as a member of the school committee, board of health commissioner, and as trustee of the Henderson Home.

"Dr. Sherman married, June 25, 1902, Katherine [sic - s/b Kathrine] M. Kennedy, of Scranton, Pa., daughter of William De Witt and Amelia (Carter) Kennedy. Dr. and Mrs Sherman are the parents of four children: William Albert, born May 12, 1903; Charlotte Carter, June 20, 1911; Mary Elizabeth, March 2, 1915; Lucius De Witt, twin of Mary E., who, however, lived but two days; and Ruth Anthony, March 18, 1916. These children are of the ninth American generation of the family founded in Rhode Island by Philip Sherman.

"When a student, Dr. Sherman was fond of athletics, and was a member of the baseball team. He still retains his interest in sports of the out-of-doors, but his automobile furnishes him with the best liked recreation. His medical practice is confining, and in addition there-to he does a great deal of surgical work. He is widely known in his section and equally well liked and esteemed."
[William Anthony Sherman died June 17, 1927 in Newport.]

Scranton Times [PA], Thursday, June 26, 1902, page five. Scan of the article is here.


Such a June wedding as that of yesterday at "Rosehurst," [1717 North Washington Avenue] the beautiful suburban residence of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Kennedy, will long be remembered by those who were present. It was the occasion when the only daughter of this home, Miss Katharine [sic], was married to Dr. William A. Sherman, of Newport, R. I.

The ceremony, which was at noon, was witnessed by relatives only, and was performed by Rev. Dr. I. J. Lansing, of the Green Ridge Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. Dr. George E. Guild, the former pastor of the bride's family. About seventy-five guests were at the breakfast which followed, after which a large reception was held, Miss Salome Becker played the wedding march.

The bridal party stood in the reception-room, where the decorations were in white and green, and were exceedingly elaborate. Masses of palms and gladioli reached to the ceiling, and the mantel was banked with ferns and white fleur-de-lis.

The bride [pictured on the right], who is of the spirituelle type, dainty and petite, made a lovely picture in her snowy robes. She wore point d'aleneon lace over white satin and chiffon, and carried a shower bouquet of swansonia. Her veil was fastened with orange blossoms, and she wore a pearl necklace, the gift of the groom. The maid of honor, Miss Charlotte Lindenberg, of Columbus, O., had a charming gown of white chiffon, with elaborate real lace. The bridesmaids were Miss Grace Floyd, of Binghamton, a cousin of the bride, and Miss Elizabeth Hitchcock, of this city. Their frocks were remarkably pretty, and were of white mousseline-de-loie and lace. They carried blue delphiniums. The ushers were Mr. Edward Sherman, brother of the groom; Dr. Lucius C. Kennedy, brother of the bride, and Williston Barker, the groom's cousin, of Newport.

During the reception, Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Albert K. Sherman, the groom's parents, assisted in receiving. Mrs. Kennedy wore a beautiful gown of black lace, over white silk. Mrs. Sherman's costume was pearl crepe de chene, with point lace.

The house is admirable adapted for entertaining a large company, and a pretty feature of the arrangements was the enclosed verandas, making additional space and many attractive nooks. The dining room was thus enlarged so that forty guests were seated at one time. This room was particularly effective in decorations of red roses, quantities of the velvety beautiful flowers being used. The balustrades of the staircase were entwined with crimson rambler roses and the library and alcoves were bower-like in the adornments. In the bow window of the reception hall, Bauer's orchestra played during the afternoon. The decorations were place by Clarke. Hanley catered.

A vast array of of gifts was shown in the upper rooms. They included elegant furniture, a chest of silver, and quantities of rare bric-a-brac, silver, glass and other costly articles. These represented only a part of what awaits the young people at their Newport home, where much of the furnishings of that home are in place.

The bride is a great favorite in this city, and it is with regret that her departure is chronicled. She has many accomplishments, and has lived more than a butterfly existence since she left Bryn Mawr college. Dr. Sherman is a graduate of Harvard university and has taken up the practice of medicine in his old home at Newport, where his family is one of much prominence and distinction. He is a man of brilliant attainments. Dr. and Mrs. Sherman's home will occupy an old colonial house, closely connected with the earlier history of New England.

Among the out-of-town guests at the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Sherman, Dr. and Mrs. C. F. Barker, Williston Barker, Edward Sherman of Newport; Miss Lindenberg, of Columbus, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. L. C. Floyd and Miss Floyd, Roy Floyd, of Binghamton; Rev. and Mrs. George Forsythe, of Binghamton: Miss Mary Bristol, of Wilkes-Barre; Mrs. Will Stevens, of Glen Cove, N. Y.; Mrs. W. E. Anderson, of Albany; Miss Menshall, of Philadelphia.

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