|The grave of James S. Sherman|
You have to realize that this is a quirk of Bob's that can be fun or extremely exasperating. We went together to Hollywood and spent most of our time in cemeteries, where he even took a picture of the grave of Gummo Marx. But I was up for this adventure, so we plugged the address of the cemetery into Garmin and found it easily. It turns out the cemetery, Forest Hill in Utica, also contains the graves of former U.S. Senator and political boss Roscoe Conkling, former Governor of New York and Democratic candidate for President Horatio Seymour, and for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ward Hunt. We happened by a friendly man who was on the cemetery's board and directed us to the appropriate graves.
As for Sherman, and as for most Vice Presidents who did not become president, there's little to say about him. He was a long-time congressman from New York who was teamed with the Ohioan Taft for geographic reasons. Wikipedia lists no accomplishments of his as veep, except for perhaps pulling Taft to the right, which angered Theodore Roosevelt, who ran as a third-party candidate in 1912, ensuring the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson.
|James S. Sherman|
And so, along with so many others, Sherman is a Vice President who is in almost complete obscurity. It was really only in the modern era that Vice Presidents were given more to do--Carter's partnership with Mondale made a change in Vice Presidential power. In fact, back in Taft's day, presidential candidates didn't choose their own running mates, the parties did. It's not surprising that they wouldn't speak much with each other. As another Vice President, Thomas Marshall, said, "One boy ran off to the circus, another became Vice President. Neither were heard from again."