Richard Updike Sherman was a New York State politician serving in local and U. S. government positions and newspaper publisher/editor. He was also the father of U.S. Vice President James Schoolcraft Sherman.
He was one of the most prominent men in New York. He was educated in Vernon and Utica, and was early an editor of a newspaper. Throughout his life he was chiefly devoted to Newspaper editorship and proprietorship, besides being prominent in politics. From 1841 to 1847 he was editor successively of "Utica Daily Gazette", "Herkimer Journal", "Oswego Daily Times" and "Rochester Daily Evening Gazette"; later with others, he managed and owned the "Utica Herald".
His political activity is evident from the following: City Clerk of Utica (1843); Alderman, 4th ward, Utica (1849); Supervisor 7th ward, Utica (1854-57); Clerk of Assembly, N.Y. (1851-56); Assemblyman 1st Oneida District (1857); Assistant Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives (1860-70); Assemblyman 1st Oneida District (1875-76)
While Find A Grave shows a specific birth and death date, Wikipedia and other sources indicate that the exact dates are unknown.
"New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K675-CLV : 19 November 2014), Richard U Sherman, Ward 4, Utica City, Oneida, New York, United States; count clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,435,148.
"New York State Census, 1865," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVNV-D3WD : accessed 28 June 2017), Richard U Sherman, District 01, New Hartford, Oneida, New York, United States; citing source p. 14, line 6, household ID 104, county clerk, board of supervisors and surrogate court offices from various counties. Utica and East Hampton Public Libraries, New York; FHL microfilm 1,435,151.
"New York State Census, 1875," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT8L-Q6Q : 16 November 2014), Richd N Shermen, New Hartford, Oneida, New York, United States; citing p. 36, line 10, State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 1,435,183.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZX6-2N7 : 15 July 2016), Richard Sherman, New Hartford, Oneida, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 103, sheet 363A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0902; FHL microfilm 1,254,902.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Richard by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: