Mansfield in Richland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Sherman, 1823-1900 / The Sherman Anti-Trust Act
Side A: John Sherman 1923-1900
Born in Lancaster, Fairfield County, John Sherman moved to Mansfield to practice law and was elected to Congress in 1854 as one of the first Republicans. In 1861, Sherman was elected to the U.S. Senate. An authority on finance, Sherman was instrumental in shaping federal financial policy in the years following the Civil War, and President Rutherford Hayes appointed him Secretary of the Treasury in 1877. During the “Greenback” debate, he re-implemented the gold standard, stabilizing the currency during an inflationary period. Sherman returned to the Senate in 1881 and served until early 1897 when President McKinley appointed him Secretary of State; in declining health, he resigned in 1898. He died in Washington, D.C. and is interred in the Mansfield Cemetery.
Side B: The Sherman Anti-Trust Act
In the decades following the Civil War, the U.S. economy grew rapidly with the emergence of large railroad and industrial interests. Unfair and fierce competition prompted the formation of large trusts, like Standard Oil, to control price competition. The resulting monopolies restricted free enterprise and became a focus of public and political debate; in the 1888 elections, both parties' platforms called for the regulation of trusts. Ohio Senator John Sherman
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Mansfield Memorial Museum, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-70.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 45.488′ N, 82° 30.845′ W. Marker is in Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Diamond Street and Park Street South, on the left when traveling south on Diamond Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Richland County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Mansfield OH 44902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); Richland County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vasbinder Fountain (within shouting distance First Religious Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Richland County Soldiers' Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lt. Col. Jared Mansfield (about 300 feet away); Richland County World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
Also see . . . Short Biography of John Sherman. (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 8,700 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.