Died, at his lodgings in this town, on Wednesday last at 5 o'clock p.m., the Hon. Charles R. Sherman, Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio, in the 41st year of his age.
The deceased arrived here the Wednesday preceding his death, apparently in his usual good health. On the next day he took his seat on the bench, but before court met in the afternoon, was seized with a severe chill. Medical aid was instantly called in, and for the first three days with apparent success. On Sunday, his fever assumed an obstinate character and so continued to its melancholy issue. His attending physician promptly informed him of his danger, but relying upon a strong constitution, he could not think of giving information to his family until it was too late to reach them at his residence in New Lancaster, before his decease.
A son, quite a youth, who was living at Cincinnati, and a near connection from Dayton, only arrived here in time to be recognized and to hear the last words of a dying parent and friend. He received every possible attention and medical aid. But all was unavailing.
The sickness of death had laid hold of him and its grasp could not be removed. Tho' he suffered as much as could be endured, he bore it with uncommon fortitude.
Perfectly sensible until within three hours of his departure and fully aware of approaching dissolution, not a word of complaint, not one regret, escaped his lips. To his family this shock must be deeply afflicting. He has left a wife and eleven children, the youngest of whom he had never seen, having been born since he left home to attend the Circuit of the Supreme Court.
On Thursday evening his remains were committed to the silent tomb, attended by a large concourse of citizens, and the few relations and personal acquaintances, who heard of his sickness.
As a token of their esteem, the members of the bar resident at this place, and the Judges and others of the Court of Common Pleas and Supreme Court, appeared in the funeral procession in mourning. Before his honored remains were committed to the dust, an appropriate funeral discourse was delivered at the Baptist Meeting House by the Rev. Bishop Soule of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
In the death of Judge Sherman, the public has sustained a great loss, society a bright ornament and example, and his family a beloved protector and parent.
The deceased, since 1810, about which time he came to this state, has occupied a conspicuous station in society---most of the time filling places of high trust and responsibility, the duties of which he ever discharged with fidelity and with the fullest confidence in his integrity.
In 1822, he was appointed by the legislature, a Judge of the Supreme Court of this state, and as far as our information extends, we can truly say, no man occupying that high station ever gave more general satisfaction to the bar and to the public than Judge Sherman.
Possessing a discriminating mind, stored with general science, but especially with legal learning, he was still careful and laborious in his investigations, and his opinions, thus formed, could not fail to be revered.
Firmness, without the least appearance of dogmatism, was his peculiar trait. He was ever calm, and amidst the occasional excitements which will occur at the bar and over which the judge must exercise his controlling influence, he never lost his temper. This admirable trait was peculiarly manifest in the last trying moments of his life. He spoke on his dissolution, and met death with a composure which excited the admiration of those around him. Perhaps as an explanation for his unusual resignation in such distressing a period, a very short time before his death, he said to those around him, that he had lived, and he should die in the Christian faith. Shortly afterwards he sunk into the arms of death, and without a struggle or groan, his spirit departed from its shattered tenement.
(Copied from the Western Star, Vol. XXII, No. 48, June 27, 1829, Lebanon, Ohio).