RICHARD U. SHERMAN. ----- End of One of the Most Useful Lives in the State's History. The death Thursday morning of Gen. Richard Updyke Sherman, of New Hart- ford, takes from Oneida County and from the Empire State one of the most highly esteemed, most useful and most upright of citizens. Born in Vernon, in 1819, he had always made this county his home. His father, Willett H. Sherman, was one of the pioneers of the county, having come early in the century from Rhode Island. His mother was Catherine Schoolcraft, a sister of Henry R. Schoolcraft, the eminent scientist and author. When he was 14 years of age young Richard graduated from the Utica Academy. He began life among mercan- tile pursuits, but this he did not fancy, so at the age of 21 he entered the field of of literature as a newspaper writer. Hav- ing shown his ability in this line in a marked degree he became editor of the Daily Gazette. For the next 10 years he continued steadily in an editorial career. In 1848, with Robert W. Roberts, a brother of Ellis H. Roberts, and a young man named Colston, he established the Utica Morning Herald. In 1851 Mr. Sherman became clerk of the Assembly. With the exception of a single year he held this position continuously until 1857, when he took his seat as a member of the body of which he had been clerk. In 1860 he became assistant clerk of the House of Representatives, a position which he held for ten years, resigning in 1870. In 1874 he was again elected to the State Assembly and in the many years during which he was connected with that body he performed signal service for his constitu- ents. In 1877 Mr. Sherman retired after 30 years from active official and political life. From that time until his death he gave his attention to private business. Besides his positions at Albany and Wash- ington he had held a number of other official positions, having been in turn alder- man, chief engineer of the Fire Department of the City of Utica, supervisor, justice of the peace, president of the village of New Hartford, brigadier general of the State militia and one of the commissioners of fisheries for the State of New York. Gen. Sherman leaves besides his widow three brothers: William Pitt Sherman, of New York, who is ex-treasurer of the Erie Railroad Company and the ex-com- missioner of accounts of New York city; Albert Sherman, of Lafayette, Ind., who is ex-superintendent of the Chicago & Alton Railroad, and Even Sherman, of Elgin, Ill. He also leaves the following sisters: Marion and Helen Sherman, of Allendale, N.J., Marrietta, of New Hartford, Mrs. Angeline Sullivan and Mrs. Joseph Foote, of Elgin, Ill.: also the following children: Richard W. Sher- man, Mary Louise Sherman, who is the wife of Hon. Henry J. Cookinham, Hon. James Schoolcraft Sherman and Sanford E. Sherman.