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Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol. XVI Issue: 326  Section: Part 1  Page: 8
Dated: Feb. 16, 1888
SHERIDAN'S BIRTH PLACE.
The General Was Born on the 6th of March, 1831, at Somerset, Ohio.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 - Special Telegram -
The absurd story that has been making an effort to creep feebly over the country to the effect that General Sheridan was born in Ireland is receiving some attention here tonight.  General Charles H. Grosvenor, member of Congress from the Athens district of Ohio said:  "When I first came to Congress, my district contained the county of Perry and at its county seat, Somerset, General Sheridan was born.  I knew Phil Sheridan in Ohio long before the war, and through him became acquainted with his parents.  I am counsel for the road running through Somerset, and every time I go up there I also drive three quarters of a mile outside the town to he Pretty white cottage where Mr. Sheridan lives.  The old lady has often told me that Phil was born in the town of Somerset, and told me much about his boyhood days.  Where the old lady now lives Phil's father died."
     General H. V. Boynton is sending to the Commercial Gazette, regarding the story, nothing but the following paragraph, taken from Whitelaw Reid's "Ohio in the War": "Phillip H. Sheridan was born on the 6th of March, 1831 in the village of Somerset, Perry County, Ohio, scarcely more than a dozen miles from the next county seat westward, where eleven years earlier William Tecumseh Sherman first saw the light.  Sheridan's parents were recent emigrants from county Cavan, in the north of Ireland."  Also the following foot-note from the same work referring to the above paragraph: "It has been widely believed that Sheridan was born in Massachusetts a few months before the removal of his parents to Ohio.  The statement has been made in several biographies of the General, and it is confirmed in the army register.  The account in the text, however, is given on the authority of General Sheridan himself, who probably has authentic information concerning the event."
     MILWAUKEE, WIS., Feb. 15 Special Telegram.
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L. McCabe, a shoemaker, of this city, is a cousin of General Phil. Sheridan.  He says Sheridan is not eligible to the Presidency for reason that he was born in Ireland.  The house in which he was born was but a stones throw from McCabe's old home.  General sheridan has visited at McCabe's house in this city.

Source: Jackson Citizen (Jackson, MI) Page 8
Dated: Feb. 21, 1888
AN OHIO MAN
Phil Sheridan's Mother Says That He was Born at Somerset
, in the Buckeye State.
Associated Press Dispatch.
     PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17 - A chronicle Telegraph Somerset, O, special says; Mrs. Sheridan, mother of Gen. Phil Sheridan, has no certificate of his birth, as it was destroyed by fire a number of years ago.  The only statement, Mrs. Sheridan has made is that her son was born in Sumerset, Ohio, Mar. 6th, 1831.  If conflicting stories are told as coming from her they are not correct.  I have just learned from her that he was baptised by Rev. Dominick Young on the 17th of March, at Meadville, Pa.

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